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Grand jury returns indictment against former circuit clerk

VICKSBURG — A Warren County Grand Jury has returned a three-count indictment against Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Palmertree was arrested yesterday by sheriff’s deputies. Pickering says in a news release that Palmertree was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement. A previous indictment from August 2013 was dismissed due to a processing technicality. In ...

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State's music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. ...

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Authorites offering reward for information in gun shop robberies

Authorities are looking for leads in a series of gun  hop smash-and-dash robberies, and they are putting their money on it. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $5,000 reward to solve the break-ins at South Mississippi gun stores. Authorities say the gun thief went from Gautier to Ocean Springs before making a final stop in ...

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Coast Coliseum executive charged with helping himself to ATM cash

JACKSON, Mississippi — As an assistant manager at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center Ticket Office, Brian Gregory’s job gave him all the tools he needed to loot ATMs at the center owned by the state. Authorities allege he employed those tools to the tune of nearly $32,000 – the sum Biloxi police estimate he embezzled from the machines. ...

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MDOT orders emergency closure of highway bridge

YALOBUSHA COUNTY — State transportation officials have closed a bridge after discovering it could possibly fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the bridge on Highway 51 approximately three miles south of the Highway 32 and Highway 51 intersection in Yalobusha County. During a routine inspection of the bridge, inspectors found signs of possible movement in some of ...

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Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United States, with surveys showing that ...

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C Spire puts up kiosks for high-speed Internet applications

RIDGELAND — C Spire is making it easier and more convenient for residents in nine Mississippi cities to sign up for the company’s 1 Gbps fiber to the home Internet service by expanding pre-registration methods for the next generation technology. The company, which launched customized, pre-registration web sites for residents in the cities of Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, ...

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Officials ask hospital negotiator to take counter-offer

NATCHEZ — County and hospital officials told their negotiator to take a counter-offer to the bidder for Natchez Regional Medical Center. The charge came yesterday after a closed-door meeting between the hospital’s board of trustees, the Adams County Board of Supervisors and Healthcare Management Partners Chief Executive Officer Scott Phillips. Phillips, who the supervisors hired to help sell the hospital, ...

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MDA provides funding to Grenada manufacturer

GRENADA — The state of Mississippi has provided $200,000 to refurbish a metal stamping press at a Grenada manufacturer. The money was provided through the Mississippi Development Authority’s Job Protection Grant program. The program is designed to help local industries retain jobs and grow their businesses. Officials say Grenada Stamping is spending $250,000 of its own money to complete the ...

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