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Immigration could test Bryant allegiances to GOP, Tea Party

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders in Mississippi state government may soon find themselves pressured by national GOP leaders to be kinder and gentler on immigration. In the end, the first-term Republican governor could find himself pulled one way by a national party that wants to soften its image as anti-immigrant to regain at least some of the Hispanic ...

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Pine Belt dealerships pitch in to assist Sandy's victims

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Ford dealerships in the Pine Belt area are sending relief supplies to help Staten Island communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Eighty pallets full of canned goods, diapers, personal care items, blankets, batteries and bottled water, enough to fill a semi-truck trailer, is bound for Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, N.Y. These relief supplies will be provided ...

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Section of Natchez Trace reopening after months of repairs

MADISON COUNTY — The National Park Service has completed repairs to a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 94.9, south of Ridgeland, and will reopen the Parkway to vehicular traffic tomorrow, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation. This section has been closed to motorized vehicles since March 14 after engineers identified a major safety hazard that ...

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Rail cars coming to town — on the highway

MCCOMB — Two train cars will begin a slow trek tomorrow from Hammond, La., to McComb, where they will become parts of the train display near the downtown depot. McComb Mayor Whitney Rawlings tells The Enterprise-Journal a convoy of trucks transporting the cars will leave Hammond and head slowly north on U.S. Highway 51. Plans to restore the cars will ...

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State continues to re-write record for West Nile virus cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting six new human cases of West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in Adams, Calhoun, Forrest, Jackson, Smith and Tippah counties, bringing the state total to 242 cases and five deaths. This is the highest number of West Nile virus cases ever reported in Mississippi. In 2011, Mississippi ...

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Governor, lawmakers meeting on state budget

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is meeting with top lawmakers to set an important number for writing a state budget. Bryant and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will set a revenue estimate. That’s their best guess of how much money the state will have available to spend during fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. The estimate is based on Mississippi’s ...

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Feds accuse Alabama man of illegal wetlands activites

HANCOCK COUNTY — William R. “Rusty” Miller, a real estate developer from Fairhope, Ala., has been indicted on federal charges of illegal filling in wetlands near Bay St. Louis. Prosecutors say Miller is charged with violating the Clean Water Act. The indictment alleges that Miller excavated and filled in wetlands on 1,710 acres of undeveloped property in Hancock County. The ...

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Environmental lab owner charged with falsifying records

JACKSON — The owner of an environmental laboratory in Mississippi has been charged with falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples that she was hired to test. Tennie White, owner and sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was indicted in U.S. District Court in Jackson. She’s charged with two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. ...

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Man gets 15 years in prison for selling pirated DVDs, CDs

HAZLEHURST — A Hazlehurt man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for selling pirated DVDs and CDs. Attorney General Jim Hood says 37-year-old Patrick Lashun King was sentenced to 18 years with three years suspended last week. Hood says King pleaded guilty to six counts of selling pirated DVDs and CDs before Copiah County Circuit Judge Lamar ...

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Doctor's lawyers want new judge for murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — The defense team for a man facing capital murder and conspiracy charges stemming from a shootout at a Greenwood law office is seeking to have a judge removed from the case. Awaiting trial is 70-year-old Dr. Arnold Smith. His attorneys filed a motion last Friday to have Judge Breland Hilburn taken off the case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ...

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