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Nurses to plead guilty to roles in cancer center fraud

JACKSON — Federal court records say two nurses will plead guilty to withholding information about a crime at a former south Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors said was involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud related to chemotherapy treatments. Brittany Davis Powell and Courtney Michelle Young were charged with misprision of a felony on Aug. 22 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. ...

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Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on track, since areas that aren’t ...

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School superintendent violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law. Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in addition to repaying the $33,426 ...

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Pickering: Union County deaths went uninvestigated while coroner hauled in huge sums

JACKSON, Mississippi – State Auditor Stacy Pickering has ordered former Union County coroner Mark Golding to pay the state $398,418 for work he never performed. Pickering says $278,591 of the total is in false claims Golding submitted to Union County supervisors for deaths he did not investigate. The Auditor’s Office says it began an investigation on Golding on May 28 ...

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Fox News Channel ending Ole Miss alum Shepard Smith's nightly newscast

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a breaking news team where he will travel more to stories and break into other Fox shows with special reports. His 7 p.m. Eastern newscast will end this fall, but Smith will continue anchoring a weekday 3 p.m. newscast. ...

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Voyager 1 leaves solar system, NASA confirms

Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles from the sun, cruising through what scientists call interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness ...

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More people now exercise while they work

Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of excuses for not having the time to exercise. A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving workstations. Others are forgoing chairs in favor of giant exercise balls to stay fit. Walking on ...

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C Spire lands InformationWeek ranking through innovative customer rewards program

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – C Spire has returned for a second consecutive year on InformationWeek 500’s list of the nation’s top technology innovators. InformationWeek lauded C Spire’s Information Technology for its work on PERCS, a consumer engagement-based rewards and loyalty program. In last year’s listing, InformationWeek recognized the Ridgeland-based wireless provider for development of a web-based customer relationship management system and ...

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City to hike water rates, fees but not raise taxes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez may not be raising taxes, but an increase in water rates and inspection fees may be in residents’ futures. In an effort to prevent a city-wide tax increase, The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Butch Brown and the board of aldermen discussed both issues during a work session yesterday. Aldermen will take up the issue ...

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