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Judge orders former Southaven mayor to pay $73K

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was ordered Tuesday to repay $73,000 for misusing city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that Davis is liable for the full amount sought by State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “This investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed to protecting the taxpayers of ...

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Board votes to fund Common Core-aligned standardized tests

JACKSON — The Board of Education has approved spending about $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards. The board voted May 16 for the first year of what could be a four-year contract with a division of the British firm Pearson, PLC. The money is Mississippi’s share of the cost of a multistate testing ...

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Utah company hired to investigate test cheating at Delta school

CLARKSDALE — The Mississippi Department of Education has hired Utah-based Caveon Test Security to investigate cheating allegations at Heidelberg School in the Clarksdale Municipal School District. Caveon Test Security is a full-service test security organization that has national experience and expertise in the industry. “I want this investigation to be conducted in an efficient, orderly, and systematic manner in order ...

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Supervisors force Palmertree out of office

The saga of one Mississippi circuit clerk has taken another turn, and she now finds herself unemployed. The Warren County Board of Supervisors has forced Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree from office after finding that she doesn’t live in the county. The board voted unanimously yesterday following a hearing on the evidence. In July 2013, Palmertree told the Madison County ...

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Mobile hospital opens in tornado-torn Louisville

LOUISVILLE — The National Mobile Disaster Hospital has opened in a Mississippi city where the local hospital was heavily damaged by an April 28 tornado. It opened yesterday in Louisville, and will be used until Winston Medical Center is rebuilt. Local physicians, nurses and support employees will work in the facility owned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It includes ...

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Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw ...

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