‘TWILIGHT ZONE:’ CASINO CLOSINGS HURT MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

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By ADRIAN SAINZ and JAY REEVES
Associated Press

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – A county in the historically impoverished Mississippi Delta region has been dealt a serious economic blow by the new coronavirus.

Gambling halls and associated businesses in Tunica County have been shuttered for two months.

That means thousands of people along the Blues Highway south of Memphis, Tennessee, are out of work.

Casinos are supposed to begin reopening on Thursday.

But the region that the Rev. Jesse Jackson once referred to as “America’s Ethiopia” was struggling even before the pandemic.

Gambling there has been on a slow decline for years, and officials have recognized a need to diversify the economy.

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5/20/2020 6:30:07 AM (GMT -5:00)

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