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CARTER: Just another Carnival bummer

This Carnival business and its drifting ship of horrors is so not a surprise to me. Valentine’s Day or not, I don’t figure Carnival Cruise Line is getting much love from those poor souls aboard the disabled Triumph. With an engine fire having knocked out the ship’s power four days ago, they’ve gone with little or no food or bathroom ...

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Cochran says Hagel should ‘not be denied’ Senate vote as defense chief

Several media reports have listed Mississippi’s Thad Cochran as among at least two Senate Republicans who will support allowing a full Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Late Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats were forcing a vote to end debate on the nomination of Hagel, bringing to a head a showdown over the confirmation of the former Republican ...

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Appellate law guru Luther Munford departs Phelps Dunbar for Butler Snow

Luther Munford, a veteran Jackson attorney who wrote the book on Mississippi appellate law, has joined Butler Snow as a member of the Ridgeland-based firm’s Appellate and Written Advocacy Practice Group.   Munford, previously of Phelps Dunbar, will “certainly strengthen our appellate team,” said Donald Clark Jr., Butler Snow chairman. Munford is a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia ...

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Senators rethinking school board-election bill

JACKSON — State senators are pulling back from a plan to elect all local school board members. Senate Bill 2141 had called for all school board members to run for four-year terms in years that voters choose a governor. But senators voted 50-1 for an amended bill today to instead study the issue. Today, some city school board members are ...

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Wild hogs continue to hurt economy, ecosystem

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state’s ecosystem. Wild hogs, sometimes referred to as feral pigs, are swine that were once domesticated and were released or escaped into the wild. Their ability to reproduce quickly and insatiable appetite ...

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Six candidates certified for election to fill Gibbs' seat

JACKSON — Six candidates have been certified by the State Election Commission to run in a March 12 special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. House District 36 encompasses parts of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe counties.  The seat was left vacant by the Jan. 13 death of Democratic Rep. David Gibbs, who had served since 1993. If ...

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Former ambulance service director accused of stealing

GREENVILLE — The former director of ambulance services at Delta Regional Medical Center has been arrested for embezzlement. Greenville Police Sgt. Michael Merchant tells the Delta Democrat Times  Jerry Graham was charged this week after an internal investigation by the hospital found some discrepancies in the operations of the ambulance service. Merchant says bond had been set at $2,500 by ...

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Cost of obtaining public records could decrease

JACKSON — A bill has passed the Mississippi Senate seeking to reduce the cost for the general public to get copies of government documents. Senate Bill 2066 says requests for public records must be handled by the lowest-paid government employee who is qualified to do so. The proposed change is intended to stop agencies from using attorneys or other high-paid employees ...

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House passes bill allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would allow school boards to arm teachers with concealed weapons. House Bill 958 would let boards create policies authorizing employees, including cafeteria workers and janitors, carry concealed weapons on campus. A previous version of the bill limited the number of employees with weapons at each school, but the bill passed provides ...

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Legislation would prohibit local food regulations

JACKSON — No one’s trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers have passed a bill to make sure they never do. House Bill 1182 would prohibit counties and cities from creating food regulations such as requiring nutritional labeling at restaurants, banning junk foods and keeping toys out of meals. Food regulations that promote healthful eating ...

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