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Starkville first Miss. city to recognize equality, dignity of gay residents

Starkville’s City Council Tuesday passed an “inclusivity” resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, said Starkville’s resolution makes it the first municipality in Mississippi to recognize the dignity of its ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters pleads guilty to fondling

TUPELO — The man who pleaded guilty last week to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has now pleaded guilty to unrelated fondling charges. James Everett Dutschke pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of sending ricin-laced letters in what authorities described as an attempt to frame a longtime enemy and Elvis impersonator. His lawyer in the ...

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Neel-Schaffer opens office in Brandon

JACKSON, Mississippi – Neel-Schaffer, a Jackson-based planning and engineering firm, has opened an office in Brandon at 20 Eastgate Drive, Suite C. It will be managed by Brandon native Derick Milner. “We are excited to be serving the city of Brandon and assisting with their engineering needs out of our new Brandon office,” said Keith O’Keefe, PE, who manages the ...

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Min Sang armed robbery is troubling

I know my fellow Greenvillians were saddened by the news of an armed robbery at Min Sang Grocery Store, while relieved to hear that the Sue brothers, though wounded, are fine. What is troubling is how long the store on Alexander Street has operated even as the neighborhoods around it have declined, and the blow it would be to the ...

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Robert Khayat featured as Delta State's Colloquia speaker

For the MBJ The Delta State University Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series kicks off 2014 with an impressive leader — Dr. Robert Khayat, former Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Khayat’s speech, titled “The Education of a Lifetime,” will begin at 6 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 29 in Jobe Hall Auditorium on campus. The event will be followed with a book ...

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Neel-Schaffer opens new Rankin County office

BRANDON — The Jackson-based engineering firm Neel-Schaffer Inc. has opened an office in Brandon that will be managed by Brandon native Derick Milner. Neel-Schaffer now has 39 offices, including 16 in Mississippi, spread throughout nine states. Neel-Schaffer also has a subsidiary surveying firm, Maptech Inc. that is located in Pearl, representing an additional office in Rankin County. “We are going ...

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Commission approves shut down of dangerous I-55 exit

JACKSON — Officials have approved plans to fix one of Interstate 55’s most congested and dangerous exit ramps in Jackson. During a recent Mississippi Transportation Commission meeting, plans to improve the traffic capacity, flow and safety at the I-55 north exits to Lakeland Drive West were discussed and approved. The modification project will make several changes to traffic flow in ...

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Offer made for Natchez Regional Medical Center

NATCHEZ — Officials say an offer has been made for the purchase of the county-owned Natchez Regional Medical Center. Hospital Board chairman the Rev. Leroy White tells The Natchez Democrat the board will be meeting this week to discuss it with Healthcare Management Partners CEO Scott Phillips. HMP was hired last July to help facilitate the sale of the hospital. ...

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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire plot hits another legal snag

A Greenwood doctor accused of attempting to have his ex-wife’s divorce attorney murdered has hit another roadblock in his efforts to have the charges dismissed. A judge has denied renewed arguments by Dr. Arnold Smith that all investigative and police actions carried out by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office are unconstitutional. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn ...

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Groups gather at Capitol to push for teacher pay raise

JACKSON — Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools — not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past. The Mississippi Association of Educators, or MAE, the state’s largest teacher union, is ...

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