Coast newspaper sues DMR, Pickering over records request

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and state Auditor Stacey Pickering to get access to more records from an audit of the agency.

The Sun Herald reports that it filed suit yesterday in Harrison County Chancery Court, seeking to require the MDMR and Pickering to make the records available for review and copying.

The Sun Herald requested records of the MDMR’s Katrina Relief account in November and its Artificial Reef account in late December. The MDMR says it is unable to provide them to the newspaper because the auditor’s office took the original documents.

There are ongoing state and federal investigations into MDMR’s business affairs. Questions about the mismanagement of MDMR led to the firing of executive director Bill Walker in January.

 

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