Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
To make Mississippi more of a destination rather than just another place to visit, the state gaming commission is making some changes. Thursday morning new regulations were adopted, which commissioners say are meant to make Mississippi casinos the place to be.
"There's no spot that more than three hours away from a casino when you drive now," said commission chairman John Hairston.
Under the new regulations any new casino in Mississippi must also come with a hotel with at least 300 rooms. Hotels would also have to receive at least a three-diamond rating. Gaming space must be at least 40,000-square-foot with a parking facility to put at least 500 cars. At least two restaurants must also be included with one of them as fine dinning. On top of that, developers must also include some type of amenity unique to the market.
"We can't rely only on slot machines and table games, there has to be more. We need amenities and hotels and concert halls and water parks, amusement parks and things that people want to come and stay for a few days for," said Hairston.
Hairston says just having casinos no longer makes Mississippi unique in terms of drawing in visitors and money. With the new regulations he said the goal is to set Mississippi apart from neighboring states.
"We have to offer something in a consolidated view of things to do," said Hairston.
"The Mississippi market is value driven and family driven," said Diamondhead Mayor Chuck Ingraham.
Ingraham says he was initially concerned the new requirements would shut smaller cities like his out of the gaming market. With the commission relaxing some of those initial requirements, Ingraham says the new regulations can make the state more of an attraction.
"We certainly agree that it needs to set itself apart and that we need to also in the process promote more tourists to come to Mississippi," said Ingraham.
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