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Woman pleads not guilty to murder in second buttocks-enhancement case

JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has pleaded not guilty to killing an Alabama woman by giving silicone injections as a buttocks enhancement. Tracey Lynn Garner entered the plea today in Hinds County Circuit Court. Judge Winston Kidd says he’ll consider Garner’s request to be released on bond. Kidd also extended a gag order to prevent attorneys from discussing charges against ...

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FYI: Charter School 101 meeting scheduled

The Mississippi Coalition for Public Charter Schools will be holding an informational conference next week at the Woolfolk Building in downtown Jackson to discuss the ins and outs of charter school formations in Mississippi. Attendees can register for the June 25 conference here. The cost is $15. MCPCS says the conference will outline the basics of the Mississippi Charter School Act ...

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Appeals panel rules against town in race discrimination case

COMO — A federal appeals panel has upheld the award of $50,000 to former Como police chief Cleve Gale for “emotional distress” after his 2008 firing from the chief’s job. A federal jury ruled for Gale in 2012. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdict June 13, denying an appeal by the town ...

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County mulling disaster response team concept

GREENVILLE — Washington County wants to organize local disaster-response teams that will be trained to respond either in their neighborhood or workplace if a disaster strikes. Emergency management director David Burford tells the Delta Democrat Times the department is applying for grants to set up the Community Emergency Response Team units throughout the county. The group would comprise neighborhood and ...

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Study: Survey maps point out America's pronunciation melting pot

Did you ever wonder the correct way to pronounce words like caramel, crayon or lawyer? A recent linguistics survey by the University of North Carolina visualized here in interactive graphs points out that the “correct” way may depend on where you live. For example, from Florida to Maine and as far west as Louisiana, folks use three syllables to say caramel: ...

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Pinnacle resolves FTC complaint in purchase of Ameristar Casinos

The sale of Ameristar Casinos to Pinnacle Entertainment is ready to move forward after Pinnacle said it has reached a tentative agreement on a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission. The sale includes Ameristar in Vicksburg, which employs 800 at its 72,210-square-foot casino and hotel. In addition to Vicksburg, Ameristar owns and operates casino facilities in St. Charles near St. Louis, Mo.; ...

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Coopwood to MBJ: Gov. Bryant’s comments taken out of context

Let’s take a closer look at Gov. Phil Bryant’s comments he made a couple of weeks ago when he responded to the question, “How did America get so mediocre?” As we all know, Bryant has been demonized by the liberal press for his response… well, the part of his response on which they chose to focus because it served their ...

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South's oldest casino to reopen as Golden Nugget

BILOXI — Although its hotel is still in the middle of a $100 million makeover, the oldest casino in the South will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday with a new look as the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi. Changes range from new windows and fewer walls to new carpet and new nametags, The Sun Herald reported. They are only the first ...

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Losing mayoral candidate still looking at ballots; DuPree to follow

HATTIESBURG — Campaign workers for the candidate who came out 37 votes short of being elected mayor of Hattiesburg are going into their second week of inspecting ballots. Once Dave Ware’s campaign is done, it will be time for Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign workers to do the same thing. Some allegations of impropriety have come up, The Hattiesburg American reported. Some ...

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Entrepreneurs want ordinance change to add micro-brewery

NATCHEZ — Businessman Doug Charboneau and his son want to open a rum micro-distillery in the building that formerly housed King’s Tavern bar in Natchez. First, Charboneau must get the city to amend its ordinances to allow for micro-distilleries. Charboneau tells the Natchez Democrat if the change can be made, he’d like to open the micro-distillery in the first quarter of ...

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