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Lee County school worker indicted in theft of school property

A Lee County School District employee has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement related to an air conditioner and pickup truck allegedly stolen form the school district. Authorities arrested Randy Thweatt on April 17 at the Lee County School District office. A grand jury has since indicted him, according to the State Auditor’s Office, whose agents made the earlier ...

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Biloxi supports return of Amtrak passenger trains

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi wants Amtrak to bring back the Sunset Limited. Members of the Biloxi City Council approved a resolution Tuesday. Right now on the coast, train service is exclusively the transportation of freight. Biloxi officials say the Gulf Coast region is isolated from the nation’s passenger train system. In late August 2005, service between New Orleans ...

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Former chamber director pleads guilty to embezzlement

LEAKE COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports Renodda Dorman, former Leake County Chamber of Commerce executive director, has been sentenced to 10 years, five years to serve and five years of probation, after pleading guilty to embezzlement. Dorman was also ordered to make $60,916.11 in restitution back to Leake County. The joint investigation by District Attorney Mark Duncan, Leake ...

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NASA conducting more testing of J-2X engine at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings. The engine will provide upper-stage power for NASA’s evolved Space Launch System (SLS), a new heavy-lift rocket capable of missions to deep space. “We’re making steady ...

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Trustmark's profits soar on fewer bad loans, Florida acquisition

JACKSON — Trustmark Corp. said profits rose strongly in the first quarter as the bank set aside less for bad loans and earned a windfall on buying a Florida bank. The bank said it earned $30.3 million, or 47 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. That’s 26 percent higher than the $24 million, or 37 cents ...

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Bar dismisses complaint against Hood over political ad

JACKSON — The Mississippi Bar has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Jim Hood over a political ad tied to the killing of a Louisiana priest. Attorney Brian Alexander of Bay St. Louis filed the complaint last November. It alleged that Hood’s ad tainted the prospective jury pool by referring to Jeremy Wayne Manieri as someone who “murdered a 70-year-old ...

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House redistricting plan could kill four Democratic districts

JACKSON — A proposed redistricting plan unveiled today would increase the number of black-majority districts by one, and could target as many as four white Democrats for extinction. That could increase the House Republican majority from today’s 64-58 margin, before considering changes that could weaken other Democrats. The number of districts with secure black majorities would grow to 42 from ...

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Development in distressed times is CCIM forum topic

Development in a downturn will be addressed Thursday, April 26, when commercial real estate professionals from all corners of Mississippi gather in Jackson for a forum organized by the Mississippi Chapter of CCIM. Registration is still being accepted for the three-hour workshop titled “Development in a Downturn: From the Ground Up to Distressed Development.” The forum begins at 1 p.m. ...

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New law aimed at recruiting more physicians to state

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law aims to bring more physicians to the state. House Bill 317 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday. The law creates the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce within the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The legislation also creates an advisory board to oversee the new office. Office staff will be paid with ...

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MDA leading trade mission to South American countries

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a business development mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile, August 13-17. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi companies to potential buyers in Argentina and Chile, and businesses that operation in the state that are interested in selling their products and services in these two Latin American markets are ...

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