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Don’t believe everything you read in the ‘NY Times’

Raise your hand if you find the mistake in this statement from the front page of the ‘New York Times’ website today: “Some archaeologists and historians worry that the next generation to visit the moon might carelessly obliterate the site where man first stepped onto the planet in 1969.” Yes, that summer school education has truly paid off. You caught ...

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Cancer doctor's attorney asks for more time for defense

SUMMIT — A defense lawyer wants a federal judge to give him more time to prepare for trial in the case of a cancer clinic accused of using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs. Attorney George Lucas asked for the delay because he expects prosecutors to hand over thousands more pages of information he must review before the Feb. 7 ...

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Hearing dates set for former airport administrators

TUPELO — Job discrimination lawsuits filed by two former administrators at Tupelo Regional Airport will be heard in federal court in 2013. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports former airport executive director Terry Anderson and former operations director Reid Dawe have sued the airport. Anderson’s case is set for April 8, 2013, in federal court in Oxford. Dawe’s trial is ...

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Ex-surgeon gets jail time for writing illegal prescriptions

GULFPORT — A former Gulf Coast surgeon has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for writing and selling illegal prescriptions. In addition to the 135-month prison term, 43-year-old Je Song also was fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. The Sun Herald said a co-defendant — 41-year-old Oliver “Butch” Shoemaker Jr. received a 58-month ...

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Circuit clerk resigns, pleads guilty to embezzlement

BROOKHAVEN — The longtime circuit clerk of Lincoln County has resigned after pleading guilty to failing to properly deposit county money. Terry Lynn Watkins, 57, of Brookhaven, had been set to stand trial on embezzlement charges today. As part of her guilty plea, Watkins had to resign and agree not to run for circuit clerk again. She was starting her ...

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Former city manager drops lawsuit over firing

GAUTIER — Former Gautier city manager Sidney Runnels has dropped the court challenge to his firing by the city council. Runnels tells The Mississippi Press his health is one of the reasons for dropping the case. Runnels says he had triple bypass surgery within a week after the 4-3 vote to fire him by the city council in October. Robert ...

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Rolls-Royce Brings Jobs to Hancock County

The Mississippi Development Authority announced this afternoon that Rolls-Royce North America has added a second jet engine test stand at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. MDA says the $50 million project will create 35 new jobs. FROM THE MISS. DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Today,  Governor Barbour announced that Rolls-Royce North America is adding a second jet engine test ...

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Parkway Properties further reduces Jackson presence

Company sells all but one Jackson building; exiting ‘non-core’ markets Parkway Properties is reducing its presence the Jackson market with the sale of all but one of its office properties, but Parkway officials will not make definitive comments regarding personnel reductions. Thomas Blalock, Parkway vice president of investor relations, said in an e-mail: “Given that the portfolio sale has not ...

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Louisiana AG appealing oil spill payment ruling

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a judge’s order that could allow plaintiffs’ attorneys to receive a portion of any money the state recovers from BP PLC over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said up to 6 percent of many settlement ...

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City may have to reimburse $300K to HUD

JACKSON — Mississippi’s capital city may have to reimburse more than $300,000 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over lax oversight that led to the misuse of more than $1 million in federal grants over several years. The reimbursement may be necessary for Jackson to get $1.15 million in housing funding restored. The Clarion-Ledger obtained a HUD ...

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