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Charles Evans Jr. gets 20 years in prison

JACKSON — The Evans brothers were sentenced on Dec. 19 in U.S. District Court on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and bank fraud in what is the largest known commercial real estate fraud scheme in Mississippi history. Charles Evans Jr., 57, received 20 years in prison, and Chris Evans, 53, got 14 years. In January the brothers pleaded ...

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Mayor spends taxpayers' money on food, big tips

SOUTHAVEN — Receipts show Southaven Mayor Greg Davis often left generous tips when he was charging meals and drinks to the city. Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering has demanded Davis repay more than $170,000 for personal expenses billed to taxpayers. The Commercial Appeal used a Freedom of Information request to obtain Davis’ receipts that the auditor gave Southaven officials. The newspaper ...

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Biloxi VA completes largest-ever expansion

BILOXI — A crowd of veterans and their supporters were on hand when the Biloxi Veterans Affairs medical care facility marked the completion of five new buildings and other improvements with a dedication ceremony. WLOX television reports that the expansion was the largest in the history of the Biloxi VA. The $310 million improvement project nearly doubles the size of ...

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Creditors win right to go after Roberts' other holdings

JACKSON — Creditors in a bankruptcy case involving Roberts Broadcasting Co. will be able to sue other businesses belonging to the company’s owners. St. Louis-based Roberts Broadcasting is owned by Michael and Steven Roberts, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October with debts totaling more than $4 million. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports several real estate and hotel businesses ...

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SoS orders funeral home to cease and desist

VICKSBURG — Williams Funeral Home in Vicksburg has been notified to cease and desist from selling funeral pre-need goods and services to the public and to pay $13,000 in fines to the State of Mississippi in a final order issued by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. In 2008, Williams was ordered to cease and desist from selling pre-need merchandise and ...

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Delta State strikes agreement with Pinnacle Airlines

CLEVELAND — Commercial aviation graduates of Delta State University now have the opportunity to be employed as pilots at Pinnacle Airlines Corporation airline subsidiaries without the traditional recruiting and interview process. The Professional Pilot Direct Hire Program agreement was formed between Delta State and Pinnacle this past summer. Pinnacle believes the quality of students who successfully complete Delta State’s aviation ...

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Bi-Lo buying Winn-Dixie for $560M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold for $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said today, creating a large grocery operator in the South. The combined company will have about 690 stores and 63,000 workers in eight states in the southern U.S. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. will become a privately held subsidiary and its ticker will be ...

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JRA turns down two proposals for downtown hotel

JACKSON — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has decided to pass on two proposals to build a hotel across from the Jackson Convention Complex and instead will seek new proposals for a new downtown hotel. The Clarion-Ledger reports the board passed on two proposals last Friday. Brian Fenelon, the JRA board member who introduced the motion to not accept either proposal, ...

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TVA has spent $11M on defense of ash spill

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has spent almost $11 million so far on outside legal help to battle lawsuits from the Kingston Plant coal ash spill. The nation’s largest public utility told The Associated Press it paid about $10.8 million to the Shook Hardy & Bacon law firm of Kansas City, Mo. The TVA statement said about $600,000 ...

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Patient claims HIV infection from Rose Cancer Center

SUMMIT — A cancer clinic doctor in south Mississippi who was already facing federal criminal charges for allegedly using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs is now facing a civil lawsuit that claims a patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, has been held without bond since her arrest in ...

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