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Ex-PTA president arrested for embezzling thousands of dollars

GAUTIER — A past president of the Parent Teacher Association at Singing River Elementary School has been arrested on a charge accusing her of embezzling thousands of dollars from the group. Gautier police Lt. Jerry Cooksey tells The Sun Herald 41-year-old Sue Cunningham was arrested last week on a felony charge of embezzlement. Cooksey says an audit of the account, ...

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Historic business district getting needed upgrades

JACKSON — Upgrades are coming to the Fondren Business District. The Clarion-Ledger reports it’s a move that community leaders applaud as the area continues to see a boom in business and population growth. The upgrades come on the heels of an announced $2.5 million in a mix of federal and local funds to help enhance portions of one of Jackson’s ...

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Storm system causes damage across South, Central U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible twisters tore across several states in the South and central U.S. yesterday, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes. One death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man was sheltering, police told Nashville ...

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Mayor's civil trial continued, but judge urging settlement

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ civil trial in Jackson has been continued until May, but there are discussions that the judge in the case has urged both sides to settle the matter before then. At the end of yesterday’s hearing, The Commercial Appeal reports a Hinds County chancellor called attorneys for both sides into his chambers for a closed-door meeting. ...

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Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. “I think the UAW’s allegation ...

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House votes to block public access to gun permit info

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons. House Bill 485, backed by the National Rifle Association, passed 101-18. It moves for more debate in the Senate, where a similar bill has been filed. The House bill’s sponsor is Republican Mark Baker of Brandon, who chairs ...

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Beau Rivage guest rooms go smoke-free

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi has banned smoking in its 1,740 hotel rooms. The move is based on feedback from hotel guests, spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain told The Sun-Herald. Smoking is still allowed in the resort’s 95 suites. It also is allowed on most of the gaming floor, and in the gourmet restaurants. Smoking has been banned in the ...

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Hosemann submits voter ID rules to Justice Department

JACKSON — Proposed administrative rules for the new voter photo identification requirement in the State of Mississippi have been delivered to the United States Department of Justice for approval. Under the proposed rules, any voter who lacks an acceptable photo ID may obtain a free voter photo ID card from a Mississippi Circuit Clerk’s Office by presenting the same identification ...

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Auditor says he can't approve education program

JACKSON — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is calling on lawmakers to write new, stricter rules on computing how much state money goes to local schools. The Republican told the House Appropriations Committee he can’t approve the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, as required by law, because his office has found unreliable numbers on attendance, students receiving free lunch and other ...

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