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Judge reschedules hearing in medical kickback case

BATESVILLE — A federal judge has rescheduled for Jan. 9 the trial of three men accused in a multi-million-dollar medical fraud scheme. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers approved the new trial date this week. The trial was scheduled for Dec. 12 in Oxford. Dr. Robert S. Corkern of Batesville asked for the delay, saying ...

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Transportation Board to hear proposal on closing rail line

GRENADA — The National Surface Transportation Board has agreed to hold a public hearing in Mississippi on a proposal to abandon 83 miles of track from Grenada to Canton. The Mississippi Transportation Commission, the Attorney General’s Office, members of the state’s congressional delegation and local officials had asked the NSTB for a public hearing. In an order dated Oct. 25, ...

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Warren named president, CEO of Pearl River Resorts

CHOCTAW — Bryce A. Warren has been named president and CEO of Pearl River Resort. The announcement came yesterday from Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Warren replaces Paul Harvery who was hired in 2007. Harvey is the former executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Warren most recently served as general manager of ...

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Oakes buys All-Star Motors, to continue as GM dealer

GREENVILLE — Oakes Auto Group is purchasing All Star Motors of Greenville and will continue as a General Motors dealership there. The current All-Star Motors site is located on both sides of U.S. 82 and the east side of Mississippi 1, with approximately 30 employees. “We will renovate or rebuild to make the (General Motors) required improvements here, in Greenville,” ...

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CoreLogic survey shows Jackson foreclosures dropped in August

Foreclosure rates in Jackson decreased in August over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic, a California real estate research firm. The CoreLogic data shows that the rate of Jackson area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.22 percent for August, a decrease of 0.06 percentage points compared to August of 2010 when the rate was 2.28 percent.. Foreclosure ...

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It’ll be open house for U.S. entry – if you’ve got the cash

A pair of U.S. senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, has hatched a plan for boosting demand for the nation’s vacant housing. Sell the homes to wealthy foreign nationals and give them the right to live here, say Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. They introduced a bill last ...

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Polo Custom adding another production line, jobs

LOUISVILLE — Polo Custom Products, a marketing division of M-C Industries Inc. that specializes in custom manufacturing, is expanding its operations in Louisville to accommodate the addition of a new thermo forming line at the company’s existing facility. The company recently acquired a small company in California and is moving the production operation to Louisville. The project represents a company ...

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EPA to hold meeting on Kerr-McGee site cleanup

COLUMBUS — The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting today on cleanup of the Kerr-McGee Chemical plant site in Columbus. In September, the EPA announced the Kerr-McGee plant had been added to its Superfund list, a program for cleaning up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites. WTVA-TV reports the EPA will present an overview of what’s been going ...

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Ag commissioner candidates predict change

JACKSON — Joel Gill and Cindy Hyde-Smith predict changes with either one’s election as the state’s next commissioner of agriculture and commerce. Gill, a 60-year-old Democrat, says he believes the department lost its vision in the waning years of Dr. Lester Spell’s four terms. Spell isn’t seeking re-election. “I’ve been a businessman the past 42 years,” said Gill, mayor of ...

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Ex-chancery clerk indicted for embezzlement

CALHOUN COUNTY — Former Calhoun County Chancery Clerk Jess Moore has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement, according to the State Auditor’s Office. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a statement than an audit by his office in March found more than $13,894 missing from the Land Redemption account as a result of the earlier audit findings. Pickering says ...

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