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Fact checking Barbour: Denying you raised taxes doesn’t make it so

By Ted Carter Mississippi’s state-hopping governor has hospital administrators across the state scratching their heads and wondering: What’s he talking about? And smokers? He’s got them choking on their Luckys. What Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking about is raising taxes – something he says he hasn’t done but President Obama has. In a speech to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Monday, ...

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Supervisors approve hospital's acquisition of clinic

ITTA BENA — Leflore County supervisors have approved the purchase of a building in Itta Bena by Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that hospital administrator Jim Jackson told officials that the building is already leased for a clinic at $1,190 a month. Jackson says the hospital could buy the 3,900-square-foot building for $80,000. Greenwood Leflore Hospital is co-owned ...

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Judge: Scruggs can call all witnesses

OXFORD — A federal judge will allow Zach Scruggs to call all the witnesses he wants during an April 25 hearing on Scruggs’ motion to overturn his conviction in a judicial bribery case. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers issued the order yesterday. Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty in 2008 to knowing about a felony and ...

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Two men indicted for alleged kickback, bribery

OXFORD — A federal grand jury in Oxford has indicted two men in a medical kickback and bribery scheme. The 10-count federal indictment charged 38-year-old Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of Tupelo with a nursing services kickback and bribery conspiracy, receiving kickbacks for nursing services, conspiracy to commit and committing healthcare fraud, making false statements and embezzlement from Tri-Lakes Medical Center. Shoemaker ...

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Womack: Grand Gulf at little risk from earthquakes

PORT GIBSON — Mississippi has one nuclear power plant, Grand Gulf at Port Gibson, about 200 miles from the Gulf Coast. And that plant has only one reactor. Within a year, it will be the largest single nuclear reactor in the United States. And it sits in the fringe area of a quake zone for the New Madrid fault, the ...

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Ex-auto dealer to be sentenced for defrauding bank

OXFORD — Former Oxford automobile dealer Dino Jerry Grisanti will be sentenced May 26 on federal charges of defrauding Regions Bank. Grisanti pleaded guilty last October. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Prosecutors say Grisanti admitted to a $2-million scheme to defraud Regions Bank, which gave ...

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County negotiating with Balkamp over rent dispute

GREENWOOD — Balkamp, a NAPA parts distributor who closed down its Greenwood distribution center in 2009, is negotiating with Leflore County over a dispute over back rent. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the company made an offer to the county, which was rejected by the board of supervisors, which told board attorney Joyce Chiles to make a counter-offer. The roots ...

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McCoy: No compromise with Senate on redistricting

JACKSON — House Speaker Billy McCoy has given the Senate an ultimatum — approve his chamber’s redistricting plan as is, or the matter will immediately go to the U.S. Department of Justice. McCoy, D-Rienzi, released a statement informing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and others he has no intention of negotiating a compromise. Legislators are redrawing the 122 House districts ...

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Speed returns to helm of MDA

JACKSON — Leland Speed, Gov. Haley Barbour’s first economic development agency director, will return to run the Mississippi Development Authority. Barbour announced that Speed had agreed to return to MDA March 21 as its executive director for the remainder of Barbour’s term, which ends in January. Speed replaces Gray Swoope, who is moving to a Florida. Swoope became director of MDA ...

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