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Park grant funds consultant to help improve Natchez Pilgramage tours

NATCHEZ — A consultant will work with the owners of historic homes in Natchez to improve the local home tours. The Natchez National Historical Park has used a $23,000 grant to hire Mary Ruffin Hanbury to work on how the home tours can be better conducted. Park superintendent Kathleen Jenkins tells the Natchez Democrat Hanbury will meet people who are ...

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Auditors investigating Davis' stipend; wants another review of credit card use

SOUTHAVEN — The Mississippi Auditor’s Office is investigating the $35,000 utility fund stipend that Southaven Mayor Greg Davis until recently received as part of his salary. The Commercial Appeal reports auditors also plan to ask city officials for a second review of charges by Davis on his city-issued credit card. Davis started receiving the $35,000 annual stipend to oversee the ...

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Senate committee approves teacher debit card legislation

JACKSON — School teachers would get debit cards to buy classroom supplies under a money-saving measure moving forward in the state Senate. A bill approved yesterday by the Senate Education Committee mandates that districts use debit cards for employees’ travel and classroom supply purchases. It also calls for districts to pay employees only once a month and to stop issuing ...

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PSC reaches 'No-Call' settlement; fines other telemarketers

JACKSON — Chairman of the Public Service Commission Leonard Bentz reports the Public Service Commission has reached a settlement with two companies for alleged violations of the Mississippi “No-Call” law, issued more fines for No-Call violations for another company and issued other fines for yet another company for failures. Bentz issued fines totaling $100,000 for BLC Management, LLC (a/k/a Angles ...

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Following 'The Help,' county approves new incentives for filmmakers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Following the success of “The Help” and its impact on the Delta, Lauderdale County is hoping to attract some filmmakers. WTOK-TV reports the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has approved an extra tax incentive for film and production companies. The proposal offers a 1 percent rebate of the 2.5 percent special tourism tax to film and/or production ...

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Mexican restaurants accused of hiring illegal immigrant workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court alleges the owner and managers of three Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County conspired to hire illegal immigrant workers and harbor them to avoid detection. The Sun Herald reports the complaint and the investigating agency have identified them as owner Jose Gutierrez and employees Vicente Jimenez Juan Barajas and ...

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‘Catholic Day’ or not, Bryant to vow immigration crackdown support

By Ted Carter Gov. Phil Bryant will gather in the Capitol Wednesday with Tea Party allies to detail progress on giving Mississippi an “Alabama-style” law to keep undocumented immigrants from working in the state. The 1:30 p.m. joint press conference with the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement and the Mississippi Tea Party could present some awkwardness because of ...

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AG Holder: Justice Department ready for oil spill trial

GULF OF MEXICO — Attorney General Eric Holder has told Congress that the Justice Department is prepared to go to trial against companies involved in the Gulf oil spill if ongoing negotiations do not result in a settlement. At a hearing before a House appropriations subcommittee, the attorney general vowed that the federal government would hold people accountable in both ...

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Offshore regulations to go into effect; environmentalists vow to fight

GULF OF MEXICO — Regulations governing offshore seismic surveying and offshore mineral leasing are expected to go into effect in mid-March. The Mississippi Press reports the final draft of the rules has been sent to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office, where it must sit for 30 days before becoming active. Coastal leaders continue to debate how drilling might impact ...

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Canton-Nissan trial postponed until summer of 2013

CANTON — A Madison County Chancery Court trial on the city of Canton’s petition to annex the Nissan North American plant has been postponed until June 2013. Canton and Nissan are also in federal court over legislation approved in 2000 that prohibits the city from annexing the plant for 30 years without the automaker’s written consent. The city says the ...

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