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Former investors sue over fraudulent biodiesel company

PONTOTOC — Two former investors in a biodiesel operation in north Mississippi have sued a Tennessee partner alleging they were duped into getting involved in a scam that defrauded a federal subsidy program. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports W. Tommy Tacker II and Janey Tyner, both of Martin, Tenn., are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed ...

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Court hears debate over pre-clearance section of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is wrestling with the fate of a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an argument at the court, liberal and conservative justices engaged in a sometimes tense back and forth over whether there is an ongoing need in 2013 for a key ...

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Get acquainted with Stennis Space Center opportunities at Stennis Industry Days

Businesses that want to do business with Stennis Space Center can connect with federal and state agencies, contractors and businesses at the rocket engine testing center during Stennis Industry Days today and Friday at Biloxi’s IP Casino-Resort-Spa at 850 Bayview Ave. Organizers say the event brings together resources to help facilitate partnerships. The goal is to create an atmosphere of ...

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William Carey closing New Orleans campus after four decades

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is closing its New Orleans campus. University President Tommy King tells the Hattiesburg American enrollment in the school’s nursing program has not come back since Hurricane Katrina. Since the late 1980s, the nursing program has resided on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Barbara Hamilton, executive assistant to the president, says operations ...

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Officials concerned over depleted casino fund reserves

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has about $12,000 remaining from the $1.6 million in casino revenue budgeted this fiscal year. The Delta Democrat Times reports that in previous years the city used other tax revenue or borrowed money for day-to-day operations and various repairs. For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2012, the city decided to use $1.6 ...

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Choctaws' gaming revenue growth second-fastest in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA — Indian casinos brushed off weak consumer spending in a sluggish U.S. economic recovery to post a modest increase in revenue in 2011, an industry study reported Wednesday. Not only did revenue rise 3 percent, to $27.4 billion, but Indian casinos are holding on to their share of total casino gambling revenue, competing closely with commercial casinos, according to ...

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Coast cities' annexation battle continues

BILOXI and GULFPORT — A new annexation plan would cut in half the amount of land Biloxi wants to annex on the city’s northwest border. City attorney Ronald Peresich tells The Sun Herald the new boundaries reduce the proposed annexation area from 7.5 square miles to about three square miles. The adjusted area still includes the proposed Pitcher Point development. ...

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Tornado victims given more time to file state, federal taxes

FORREST COUNTY and LAMAR COUNTY — The IRS and Mississippi Department of Revenue have granted tax-filing extensions to victims of the destructive Feb. 10 tornado that hit the Hattiesburg area. The Hattiesburg American reports residents of Forrest and Lamar counties who were impacted by the tornado have until April 30 to file their taxes this year — a little more ...

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Cochran, Wicker split over Hagel confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mississippi’s two U.S. senators split on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Sen. Thad Cochran was one of four Republicans who voted for Hagel, a Republican former senator from Nebraska. Cochran said in a statement that “Hagel feels strongly that the United States should be the most capable military power in the world.” Cochran also ...

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First BP executive testifying at oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — The first BP executive to testify at a federal trial over the nation’s worst oil spill was to take the stand for a second day today before a judge tasked with deciding whether the London-based oil giant and other companies acted with gross negligence for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP executive Lamar McKay ...

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