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City's restaurant tax collections beat projections

STARKVILLE — Starkville’s 2011 restaurant tax revenues are ahead of the pace set in 2010, according to the city’s sales tax report. Mayor Parker Wiseman tells the Starkville Daily News the city expects to finish the year strong when November and December reports come in. Total restaurant tax revenues for 2011 through October add up to $1.24 million, ahead of ...

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Owner of tax service business gets 10 years, repaying $5.5M

GREENVILLE — The owner of an income tax service convicted of filing doctored tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $5.5 million. Mary Wesley was convicted in May in federal court in Greenville of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and four counts of fraud and ...

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No objections filed to new congressional redistricting

JACKSON — No one filed objections to new congressional districts drawn by federal judges by a last Thursday deadline, which could clear the way for judges to ratify the districts following a Wednesday hearing. A three-judge panel released a plan this week to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts. Redistricting is necessary after every Census to equalize population. The majority-black 2nd ...

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Court overturns judgment in wind-versus-water case lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a judgment for an insurance company in a wind vs. water case involving a Pascagoula home hit by 6.3 feet of storm surge during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The National Flood Insurance Program paid Michael Robichaux and his wife, Mary, who has since died, policy limits for the loss of their home ...

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Judge weighing issues in Franks vs. Scott case

TUPELO — A Lee County judge is weighing issues related to an ongoing dispute related to an affair between the former local school superintendent and wife of an ex-lawmaker. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Circuit Judge Henry Lackey on Thursday heard arguments from three sides about three cases, but the focus was on former superintendent Mike Scott’s 2010 complaint ...

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Port gets grant for two improvement projects

BURNSVILLE — The Yellow Creek Port Authority has received a pair of state grants for a pair of improvement projects at the Northeast Mississippi Waterway Industrial Park. Officials tell the Daily Corinthian the rail spur project is the first step in connecting the nearby Norfolk Southern line with the barge terminal. The first phase is expected to be completed prior ...

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Choctaws, investigators looking into credit card thefts

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI, local law enforcement agencies and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are looking into a security breach in a credit card processing systems at the Pearl River Resort in Neshoba County. The tribe reported the problem. Philadelphia Police Chief Richard Sistrunk said all victims had one thing in common — each had used their debit cards ...

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Meena makes ranking

Fierce Wireless has named Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, as one of the 25 most powerful people in wireless. He ranked 20th on the list. Fierce Wireless wrote: “Meena was general manager and vice president of operations and development of Cellular South before becoming president of Cellular South in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, ...

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Barbour earns Walker Award

At the annual Governor’s Workforce Conference in Jackson, Gov. Haley Barbour was awarded the first George F. Walker Workforce Training Award. Barbour was honored for his support of workforce training by reorganizing the state workforce system, establishing a stable funding source for job training initiatives and coordinating public and private sector efforts for workforce development. The George F. Walker Workforce ...

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