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Walker sentenced to 18 months for fraud, conspiracy

HATTIESBURG — Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in defrauding the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the city of D’Iberville. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered Walker to pay $390,000 in restitution, the amount he admitted netting through the two schemes, and […] [...]

Weyerhaeuser investing $57M to modernize lumber mill

PHILADELPHIA — Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct-fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year we’ve seen somewhat of an uptick in […] [...]

Judge to hear from True the Vote as McDaniel attempts to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records. U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas of Texas will be in Jackson to hear arguments by True the Vote organization. The lawsuit seeks access to nine counties’ voter rolls as Chris McDaniel gathers […] [...]

Delta school gets more time to reply to accreditation audit

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday to give Greenwood until Monday to reply to a 46-page state accreditation audit. The commission […] [...]

DHS conducting hearing concerning new welfare drug-testing law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing today to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law. The state law was supposed take effect July 1 but was delayed after advocacy groups chided the agency for not holding a forum about how the measure might affect the poor, particularly […] [...]

Health officials identify another case of chikungunya virus

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fourth human case reported in a Mississippi. The three cases previously reported occurred […] [...]

Seafood dealer/processor guilty of illegal handling of oysters

PASS CHRISTIAN — A seafood dealer and processor has been found guilty of possessing unrefrigerated oysters and possession of illegal oysters. Quy Huu Nguyen of Pass Christian was found guilty of the two charges by Judge Brandon Ladner in Harrison County Justice Court. He was fined $858 and has 30 days to pay. Marine Patrol […] [...]

Severstal selling plants, including Severstal Columbus

COLUMBUS — Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal has not […] [...]

Valley State decides to buy, not rent, modular housing

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University now plans to buy modular housing units, rather than lease them. The College Board approved the purchase plan. It had earlier approved a lease plan. Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds told the College Board that Valley will save money by purchasing because it will be able to resell […] [...]

Brown stepping down at MSU-Meridian; going to West Florida

MERIDIAN — Steven F. Brown, the dean and associate vice president at Mississippi State University-Meridian, is leaving Sept. 12 to accept a leadership post at a Florida university. Brown has been at the MSU-Meridian campus since 2011. He will become dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of West […] [...]

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