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Teacher to answer charges of cheating on certification test

COLUMBUS — A Columbus teacher is scheduled to be in federal court in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 3 to answer charges she participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. WCBI-TV reports 34-yeard-old Darcel Gardner, a special education teacher at Columbus High School, was placed on administrative leave yesterday by the school board. ...

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Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County School District faces many issues ...

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Speaker Gun conducting 'ideas tour' next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn is holding an “ideas tour” in October. The Republican from Clinton says the nonpartisan public meetings are designed so people can tell him what issues they want lawmakers to consider. On Oct. 8, meetings are set for 9 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1 p.m. at Greenwood City Hall and 4:30 p.m. ...

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Entergy files application with FERC for spin-off/merger

NEW ORLEANS — ITC Holdings Corp. and Entergy Corporation have filed a joint application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking approval for Entergy’s utility operating companies to spin off and merge their electric transmission businesses into a subsidiary of ITC. Upon closing of the transaction, ITC will become one of the largest electric transmission companies in the U.S., ...

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Defense Department grant puts state-raised food in schools

DESOTO COUNTY — Either by fork or fingers, the second- and third-grade students of Chickasaw Elementary in Olive Branch dived into some Magnolia-state raised blueberries and cantaloupes as a part of a farm to school awareness program. Picking a blueberry up with her fingers, second-grader Mary Katherine Stephens, 8, liked the tiny cup of fruit on her plate. “They taste ...

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Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private donors, but this year, they’re ...

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Department of Wildlife: Nearly 40% of gators live on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The lower three counties of South Mississippi are home to 38 percent of the state’s alligators. Harrison and Hancock counties are home to an estimated 13 percent of the Magnolia State’s alligator population and Jackson County is home to 25 percent. Many of Harrison and Hancock counties’ alligators are found in the Wolf River, which divides ...

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Trial set for man accused of swindling bowling leagues

HERNANDO — A trial date of Dec. 10 has been scheduled for a Tennessee man for allegedly embezzling prize money from bowling leagues. The Commercial Appeal reports 70-year-old Tommy Hart of Collierville, Tenn., was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on a charge that he embezzled nearly $47,000 in prize money from bowling leagues at his Cotton Bowl Lanes ...

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Woman accused of posing as OSHA trainer; bilked fisherman for $200K+

WIGGINS — A Mississippi woman is accused of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. A 22-count federal indictment unsealed yesterday alleges that Connie M. Knight, 46, used phony credentials, diplomas and certifications to con more than ...

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MDEQ fines DuPont for broken pollution-control equipment

DELISLE — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has fined DuPont Co.’s DeLisle plant $117,000 after pollution control equipment broke down, allowing a smokestack to emit too much during a March 2011 test. DuPont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., makes titanium dioxide, a whitening agent used in paint, paper and plastics, at the Harrison County plant. More than 800 employees ...

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