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Ex-attorney Minor to appeal bribery conviction

JACKSON — Imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor has filed a notice of appeal for his convictions and sentence in the judicial bribery case that sent him and two former judges to prison. Minor was first convicted of corruption charges in 2007 and was sentenced to 11 years. He was re-sentenced in June to eight years because the U.S. 5th Circuit ...

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Sales up, earnings down at Cal-Maine Foods

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc., for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, recorded net sales of $242.4 million, compared with net sales of $222.1 million for the fourth quarter a year ago. The company reported net earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.30 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared with net earnings of $21 million, or ...

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Microbrewery gets expansion funding from USDA

KILN — A microbrewery that started with a Christmas homebrew kit and saw its first year swamped by Hurricane Katrina is getting a $740,000 interest-free expansion loan that will let it quintuple production over the next four years. It’s part of Mark and Leslie Hendersons’ $3-million plan to boost brewing capacity at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. — a company whose ...

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Judge affirms SEC ruling in biofuel scheme

NATCHEZ — A federal judge agrees with regulators’ charges against a man who claimed he had developed a revolutionary process to more than double fuel production from soybeans — and to do so without waste or pollution. District Judge David Bramlette’s summary judgment against John Rivera affirmed charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, based on federal filings ...

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Speed's eminent domain lawsuit to get underway today

JACKSON — A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear high-stakes arguments today over a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent governments from taking property for anything but a public project. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd must decide whether the amendment will be put before voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Leland Speed, who is head of the Mississippi Development ...

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State's unemployment rate held steady in June

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June at 10.3 percent. That’s according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which said Mississippi was one of 14 states that saw no change in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. In June 2010, the state’s unemployment rate also was 10.3 percent. Last month, the number of people listed ...

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Judge to decide if R.J. Reynolds has underpaid state

PASCAGOULA — A Jackson County judge is scheduled to hear a claim that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has underpaid the state of Mississippi at least $1 million in the tobacco settlement payments. The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Chancery Judge Jaye Bradley will preside today over the non-jury trial. Attorney General Jim Hood sued in 2010 alleging R.J. Reynolds ...

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PRCC planning expansion of Hattiesburg campus

HATTIESBURG — Pearl River Community College is planning an expansion at its center in Forrest County to eventually serve 5,000 students. PRCC president William Lewis told county officials that the two-year school has a master plan for the Hattiesburg campus. The Hattiesburg American reports Lewis asked the county board of supervisors for an additional 15-year commitment of $200,000 annually to ...

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