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Man gets jail time for mortgage fraud scheme

BRANDON — A federal judge has sentenced a Brandon man to 33 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Shane Rothery pleaded guilty in October to mail fraud. Prosecutors say Rothery fabricated information on residential appraisals and inflated the property values so he and his accomplices could pocket the excess proceeds. [ITAL]The Clarion-Ledger[ITAL] reports that U.S. ...

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State's unemployment rate rises slightly

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sluggish job growth remained the rule in Mississippi last month as the state’s unemployment rate jumped slightly. The Department of Employment Security says that the state added 5,200 non-farm jobs in February — on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Mississippi had 13,200 more jobs in February than in Feb. 2010, for a 1.2 percent growth rate. The count ...

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Lawmakers pushing for disaster relief

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are cosponsoring legislation aimed to help thousands of small businesses on the Gulf Coast by waiving interest payments on federal disaster loans issued after recent hurricanes. Cochran and Wicker are primary cosponsors of the Southeast Hurricanes Small Business Disaster Relief Act, which was introduced March 28 by ...

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Officials investigating storms, possible tornado

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wind, hail and heavy rain damaged more than 40 homes in Central Mississippi and flooded roads, officials said today, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a threat of tornadoes in northern Florida and Georgia. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist with the National Weather ...

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Court sides with Gaming Commission over machines

WEST POINT — Two West Point men have lost their attempt to get computer equipment taken from their business returned by the state. WTVA-TV reports that the Mississippi Gaming Commission removed the machines from Paradise Isle Internet Cafe in 2007. Authorities say the 39 computers were nothing more than slot machines being used to reward customers who bought phone cards. ...

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Officials: River bridge OK after barge collision

NATCHEZ — Officials in Natchez say the Mississippi River Bridge suffered no major damage after being struck by barges carrying coal. Adams County Emergency Management director Stan Owens tells The Natchez Democrat that the speed of the water — which stood about 18 inches above flood stage — was a contributing factor to how hard the bridge’s center pillar was ...

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Levee board loses Yazoo Pump decision, may appeal

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board that wants to move forward with a $220-million flood control project has lost a bid in federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 veto of the project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in Aug. 2009 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Court records show U.S. District Judge ...

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Controversial immigration bill dies at Capitol

JACKSON — The push for a comprehensive anti-immigration bill in Mississippi began with a series of hearings and a rally in opposition, but the measure has quietly died under a legislative deadline. There appeared to be little serious discussion about a compromise on the bill that was patterned after the law enacted in Arizona in 2010, which gave law enforcement ...

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