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Judge extends injunction, abortion clinic keeps license

JACKSON — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state’s only abortion clinic. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he issued several months ago, which blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law. The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at ...

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Ex-county administrator asks for trial reschedule, missed deadline

BATESVILLE — Former Panola County administrator David Chandler has asked a judge to give him more time to appeal his guilty plea to charges in an alleged kickback scheme at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. However, the deadline for Chandler to file an appeal passed two weeks ago. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chandler’s attorney says new court documents ...

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In-state rice planting intentions drop to 36-year low

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers expect to have more than one million acres in corn this year and about 120,000 acres in rice — the largest corn acreage in 53 years and a 36-year low for rice. A U.S. Department of Agriculture planting survey shows Mississippi farmers plan to plant 1.95 million acres of soybeans, 1.05 million acres of corn, ...

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Rock/R&B songwriter Jackson dies at home of cancer

RIDGELAND — Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of “Old Time Rock and Roll” and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68. Jackson died yesterday morning at his home in Ridgeland, said Thomas Couch Sr., board chairman of Malaco Records. Jackson had been sick with cancer for about a year. “It was not unexpected, ...

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Pilgrimage officials report one of best years in decade

NATCHEZ — Attendance was strong at Natchez’s Spring Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage Tours director Marsha Colson tells The Natchez Democrat that 2013 was the second-best season Natchez has seen in 10 years. Colson said tour sales were up over last year, and group tours did especially well this year. This year’s numbers are close to those in 2011, which was the Pilgrimage’s ...

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New law adds wild hog control to state beaver program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers and wildlife officials say wild hogs are roaming throughout the state, damaging crops and land. As a result, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that adds wild hogs to the state beaver-control program. Beginning July 1, a Beaver and Wild Hog Control Advisory Board will be created to come up with a program to control or ...

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Airport, ex-director settle lawsuit just before trial

TUPELO — A lawsuit against the Tupelo Regional Airport Authority has been settled just days ahead of the scheduled trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills dismissed a suit by Reid Dawe, a former director of operations at Tupelo Regional Airport. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dawe claimed his rights were violated when he was demoted. Dawe resigned in ...

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Longtime supervisor/lawmaker Anderson dead at 74

JACKSON — Hinds County Supervisor Doug Anderson has died. Fellow supervisor Robert Graham announced Anderson, 74, died Saturday at St. Dominic Hospital, reports WLBT-TV. Anderson was hospitalized April 3 after reacting unfavorably to medication. He had also been hospitalized in March. In addition to 19 years as a supervisor, Anderson was a state senator for 12 years and a state ...

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PAC takes out ad to apologize to legislator

BAY ST. LOUIS — A political action committee that attacked state Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has apologized. The apology, signed by Advance Mississippi PAC executive director Steve Simmons and treasurer Randy Stephens, ran in the Sun Herald and Sea Coast Echo newspapers Saturday, the Clarion-Ledger reported. Baria had sued the committee in October for defamation, saying it made ...

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Judge orders school consolidation, district expects to save money

ACKERMAN — A federal judge has ordered Choctaw County to consolidate all seventh through 12th graders at Ackerman High School while leaving grades K through 8 at schools in Ackerman, Weir and French Camp. WCBI-TV in Columbus reports the order was issued by U.S. District Judge Glenn Davidson. The Choctaw County School Board had drawn up a consolidation proposal in ...

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