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Warren Circuit Court clerk free on bond after embezzlement indictment

VICKSBURG, Mississippi — State Auditor Stacy Pickering’s legal wrangling with Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Shelly Palmertree over claims she vastly overpaid herself in office took a turn toward criminal prosecution Wednesday morning with Palmertree’s indictment and arrest. The arrest came after a Warren County grand jury indicted the embattled court clerk on two felony counts of embezzlement, charges stemming ...

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Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though BP complains that its administrator, ...

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I-69 draft plan done; consultant to meet with supervisors, commissioners

HERNANDO — Planning officials in DeSoto County say a draft plan for development of the future Interstate 69 international trade corridor has been completed. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal that the plan, almost three years in the making, is designed to guide development along the traffic corridor through the county. Project consultants with the Cincinnati-based firm McBride ...

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County sees building permits soar; up 41 percent compared to last year

OLIVE BRANCH — Planners in DeSoto County say July’s brisk pace for building permits is a hopeful sign for the local economy. County deputy planning director Tom Haysley tells The Commercial Appeal that the housing industry is cautious about identifying the spurt as a trend but records show more permits are being issued for subdivision development. In July, 91 single-family ...

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SBA disaster assistance available to victims of spring freeze

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of freeze on March 25-29. The disaster declaration includes Amite, Carroll, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Forrest, George, Greene, Grenada, ...

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Biloxi City Council wants economic study on planned stadium

By Frank Brown Mississippi Business Journal BILOXI, Mississippi — The Biloxi City Council wants to know what it’s paying for before it OKs a $21 million investment to build a minor league downtown baseball stadium. The Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to commission an economic analysis on the impact of the $36 million stadium that is planned for what is ...

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Could energy beets offer income, alternative energy to farmers?

STARKVILLE — Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets. Mississippi State University researchers and Extension agents are examining the growth and profit potential for varieties of energy beets, a nonedible relative of sugarbeets used only in biofuel production. “Because they are traditionally ...

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Judge re-schedules ex-mayor's bribery trial for next month

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has rescheduled the trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield to Sept. 30. Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial had been set to begin earlier this week, but attorney Terris Harris asked for a ...

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Aldermen scrap revamping of building codes due to budget woes

OCEAN SPRINGS — Aldermen have decided not to spend money for an update to the codes that govern how the city of Ocean Springs will develop. The Sun Herald reports the cost was $25,000 to hire a professional to go through the city’s zoning and other codes to make them better at protecting the city’s look and development. But even ...

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City to appeal property values set by county assessor

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi intends to appeal the valuation of dozens of buildings that the county assessor says have no value — and therefore the owners pay no property tax — since Hurricane Katrina. Community development director Jerry Creel presented the city council yesterday a list of buildings that are appraised by the Harrison County Assessor’s office at ...

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