- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on proposed casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (all times local):

1:18 p.m.

Regulators have rejected proposals for two new casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes had said the sites don’t meet requirements of a state law that limits state-regulated casinos to sites touching water along the Mississippi River or the Gulf Coast.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2mTQYY8 ) that the state Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected applications from RW Development for a site in Biloxi and Jacobs Entertainment for one in Diamondhead. The three commissioners did not discuss reasons for their unanimous decision.

Previous members of the commission had blocked the Biloxi site in 2008 and the Diamondhead site in 2014.

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1:58 a.m.

The mayor of Gulfport is asking regulators to block two proposed casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2nGf8Th ) the state Gaming Commission is expected to rule on the site requests Thursday.

The commission in 2008 denied an application from RW Development for a Biloxi site. In 2014, it denied Jacobs Entertainment application for a site in Diamondhead.

The developers reapplied for those sites after terms had expired for the commissioners who ruled against their projects.

Mississippi law generally limits state-regulated casinos to sites touching water along the Mississippi River or the Gulf Coast.

Mayor Billy Hewes was in the state Senate when legislators tweaked the law after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to allow development slightly inland. He says the two proposals don’t fit the law.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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