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The Surface Transportation Board (STB) should have a decision very soon on whether they will start new Amtrak rail service in the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama. This would mark the first return of Amtrak’s passenger service to this part of the country since Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005. While perhaps symbolically positive, if the STB were to approve this new passenger service, it would be an unmitigated disaster for freight rail in the area and would put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in wasteful spending.

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The Gold Strike Casino Resort has recently launched its new gaming floor, the Buffalo Zone. The official launch came three days after the Gold Strike reopened its doors at limited capacity on May 25, 2021. With over 1,258 rooms, this marks another addition to the MGM Resorts International property’s wide array of gaming choices.