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FBI: Ricin letter suspect ID'd as Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth

OXFORD, Miss. — The FBI has identified a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing poisonous ricin as 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Curtis was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters ...

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Mississippian arrested in Turkey for collecting beach rocks

PURVIS — An American tourist who collected stones during a six-day beach holiday with his wife was briefly detained in Turkey and faces trial for attempting to smuggle historical artifacts. Jason Dement was taken into custody by security officials at Antalya airport, near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, on Sunday because two of the pieces inside a bag of stones appeared to ...

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Auditor meets with Foundation over agency-owned boats

BILOXI — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has met with Mississippi Department of Marine Resource Foundation board members concerning boats owned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The board agreed to meet within the next seven to 10 days to discuss transferring ownership of two boats that were being leased from the DMR Foundation by DMR. Total taxpayers assets ...

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Airline trimming Jackson-to-Houston flight

JACKSON — Southwest Airlines is dropping one of two flights between Jackson and Houston, Texas, on June 1. Dirk Vanderleest, chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the discount airline will drop its 2:10 p.m. flight, leaving it with just two — a 6:45 a.m. flight and another at 6:20 p.m. Vanderleest says Southwest ...

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Ex-attorney granted request to return to prison

OXFORD — A judge has granted the request by disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to return to federal prison to resume serving his sentence on a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his ...

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Two-dozen former IRS workers charged with theft

SOUTHAVEN — Twenty-four current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits, federal prosecutors said today. The IRS employees were indicted on charges that they illegally received more than $250,000 in benefits including unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said in a news release. Prosecutors say ...

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Air force base to feel impact of deep budget cut

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The commander at Keesler Air Force Base says the base will ground planes and reduce training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget. That’s the effects of the federal spending reductions, known as sequestration. The Sun Herald reports  Gen. Brad Spacy, commander of the 81st Training Wing, told a group Tuesday that the ...

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Governor signs education bills, including charter schools

FLOWOOD — Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the “transformative” potential of new education measures The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law today at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes. Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — public schools run by private ...

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Full board to weigh new university funding formula

JACKSON — A College Board committee is moving forward a plan to change how state money is distributed among Mississippi’s eight universities. The board’s Finance Committee voted  to send the proposal to the full board for consideration tomorrow, but not before one board member sharply questioned state subsidies of non-Mississippi residents. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds says the new formula ...

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Property owner settles housing discrimination lawsuit

MAGEE — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Mississippi company will pay a $27,000 settlement in a housing discrimination lawsuit. M.M. and S. Inc. agreed, according to a press release, to pay $20,000 to a family for refusing to rent a home to them, and a civil penalty of $7,000 to the United States. The lawsuit alleged that the ...

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