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Woman who faked disappearance released from jail for embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — A 65-year-old Copiah County woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from her employer is free from jail. Linda Reed went before a Copiah County judge yesrerday and was sentenced to 10 years. Her sentence was reduced to time served, or 278 days. Reed has to pay a fine in addition to restitution. Reed had disappeared ...

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Drilling to begin on relief well at site of Gulf blowout

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the Rowan EXL-3 rig has been moved to the site, about 55 ...

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Southern Co. shareholders to feel losses from Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. shareholders will absorb $450 million in losses incurred while building a new coal-fired power plant in Mississippi, raising the total write-offs on the construction project to nearly $1 billion, utility officials said today. The utility announced the pre-tax write-off on its massive project in Mississippi’s Kemper County before releasing its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. Company officials ...

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

By Ted Carter JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. ...

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. The Austin, Texas-based ...

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Governor, lawmakers, NRA want to file brief on open-carry law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant, about 80 lawmakers, the National Rifle Association and others have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file briefs in support of the state’s open carry law. The court had not ruled on the requests as of yesterday. The motions filed by Bryant, the lawmakers and the NRA included their arguments in support of ...

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Ex-office manager gets five years for embezzlement

CORINTH — A Biggersville woman has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for embezzling $144,000 while serving as a medical office manager. The Daily Corinthian reports that Donna Trim pleaded guilty last November to two counts of embezzlement from Corinth Medical Specialists where she worked. Yesterday, Alcorn County Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced Trim to 10 years ...

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With gambling revenues falling, Tunica looks for an ace in the hole

The people of Tunica County have toiled through the worst of economic times, and basked in the bright lights of success. But their King Midas, better known as the gaming industry, is losing its touch. Recently released numbers for the first half of this year support the trend that Mississippi is on pace for one of its lowest gaming revenue ...

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Banks say credit unions have unfair advantage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For decades, not-for-profit credit unions have enjoyed tax-exempt status as they emerged as legitimate contenders to banks, gaining new customers, especially as the recession caused many banks to tighten their lending policies. The banking industry says credit unions now enjoy an unfair competitive advantage as they broaden their services while not being taxed or held to the ...

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