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News in Brief-July 1, 2018

News in Brief-July 1, 2018

Biloxi resort plans $140M amusement park and hotel tower

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The owners of the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi announced Thursday that they will move forward with a $140 million hotel expansion and amusement park after settling a lawsuit with state officials.

The current 371-room hotel was built as Casino Magic Biloxi. It was vacant for years after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, but re-opened two years ago as a family-focused vacation destination without gambling.

Spokesman Cono Caranna of the Barrington Group said expansion will include a second 300-room hotel tower and an elevated amusement park to go with the current extensive arcade, pool and indoor playground. He estimates the expansion will add 600 jobs.

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62 Louisiana arrests announced in child predator crackdown

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials arrested 62 people accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, in a statewide law enforcement effort between March and May.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office announced the arrests Wednesday at an event with federal, state and local agencies. The coordinated effort is known as Operation Broken Heart, part of a national investigative and prevention effort targeting child predators.

Arrests around Louisiana included for possession, distribution and production of child pornography and other crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Law enforcement officials warned that parents should closely monitor their children's use of websites, social media, phone apps and other technology where they can be targeted by predators.

Landry's office has posted an online pamphlet with information for parents and children about cyber safety.

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Recreational red snapper season to end July 8 in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's recreational red snapper season will end at 11:59 p.m., July 8, with a chance of one weekend a month after that.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has given the state Wildlife and Fisheries secretary authority to reopen the season for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month if the numbers allow.

Louisiana recreational anglers have been allocated 743,000 pounds. When recreational landings reach or approach that limit, the seasons will close for the year.

The commission was told Tuesday that state surveys indicate that 275,700 pounds had been taken through June 10. That's 38 percent of Louisiana's allocation.

Size and bag limits remain at 16 inches and 2 fish per person, per day.

Biloxi resort plans $140M amusement park and hotel tower

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The owners of the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi announced Thursday that they will move forward with a $140 million hotel expansion and amusement park after settling a lawsuit with state officials.

The current 371-room hotel was built as Casino Magic Biloxi. It was vacant for years after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, but re-opened two years ago as a family-focused vacation destination without gambling.

Spokesman Cono Caranna of the Barrington Group said expansion will include a second 300-room hotel tower and an elevated amusement park to go with the current extensive arcade, pool and indoor playground. He estimates the expansion will add 600 jobs.

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62 Louisiana arrests announced in child predator crackdown

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials arrested 62 people accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, in a statewide law enforcement effort between March and May.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office announced the arrests Wednesday at an event with federal, state and local agencies. The coordinated effort is known as Operation Broken Heart, part of a national investigative and prevention effort targeting child predators.

Arrests around Louisiana included for possession, distribution and production of child pornography and other crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Law enforcement officials warned that parents should closely monitor their children's use of websites, social media, phone apps and other technology where they can be targeted by predators.

Landry's office has posted an online pamphlet with information for parents and children about cyber safety.

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Recreational red snapper season to end July 8 in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's recreational red snapper season will end at 11:59 p.m., July 8, with a chance of one weekend a month after that.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has given the state Wildlife and Fisheries secretary authority to reopen the season for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month if the numbers allow.

Louisiana recreational anglers have been allocated 743,000 pounds. When recreational landings reach or approach that limit, the seasons will close for the year.

The commission was told Tuesday that state surveys indicate that 275,700 pounds had been taken through June 10. That's 38 percent of Louisiana's allocation.

Size and bag limits remain at 16 inches and 2 fish per person, per day.

Biloxi resort plans $140M amusement park and hotel tower

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The owners of the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi announced Thursday that they will move forward with a $140 million hotel expansion and amusement park after settling a lawsuit with state officials.

The current 371-room hotel was built as Casino Magic Biloxi. It was vacant for years after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, but re-opened two years ago as a family-focused vacation destination without gambling.

Spokesman Cono Caranna of the Barrington Group said expansion will include a second 300-room hotel tower and an elevated amusement park to go with the current extensive arcade, pool and indoor playground. He estimates the expansion will add 600 jobs.

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62 Louisiana arrests announced in child predator crackdown

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials arrested 62 people accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, in a statewide law enforcement effort between March and May.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office announced the arrests Wednesday at an event with federal, state and local agencies. The coordinated effort is known as Operation Broken Heart, part of a national investigative and prevention effort targeting child predators.

Arrests around Louisiana included for possession, distribution and production of child pornography and other crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Law enforcement officials warned that parents should closely monitor their children's use of websites, social media, phone apps and other technology where they can be targeted by predators.

Landry's office has posted an online pamphlet with information for parents and children about cyber safety.

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Recreational red snapper season to end July 8 in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's recreational red snapper season will end at 11:59 p.m., July 8, with a chance of one weekend a month after that.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has given the state Wildlife and Fisheries secretary authority to reopen the season for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month if the numbers allow.

Louisiana recreational anglers have been allocated 743,000 pounds. When recreational landings reach or approach that limit, the seasons will close for the year.

The commission was told Tuesday that state surveys indicate that 275,700 pounds had been taken through June 10. That's 38 percent of Louisiana's allocation.

Size and bag limits remain at 16 inches and 2 fish per person, per day.