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June 24, 2010

A letter was sent to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on Tuesday by the governor asking not to continue with their plans for their Jones County casino. Governor Haley Barbour wants the project to stop for fear of effecting the health and safety of area residents and wild life.

June 8 was the day when the Choctaw Tribal Council voted for their second gaming facility in Mississippi. The plan called for a building of 27,000 square feet and hold 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop. This was all to be built on tribal land around Sandersville.

The state does not regulate the Choctaw casinos. However they do regulate the 30 casinos that are along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast.

Governor Barbour stated that the Choctaw's casino will not be paying tax revenues to Jones County. There will also be an increase in traffic.

Barbour is asking Attorney General Jim Hood to stop the development by taking legal action.

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