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Former state Sen. Scoper dies of cancer at 81

LAUREL — Former Mississippi state Sen. Vince Scoper of Laurel has died of esophageal cancer. He was 81. He died Sunday, and a funeral was held yesterday at First Baptist Church in Laurel. Scoper served the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and was among the first Republicans elected to that chamber since […] [...]

Court of Appeals upholds judge’s tossing of defamation case over book

JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge’s rejection of defamation claims that an FBI agent made in a lawsuit against authors of a book about a judicial bribery case. The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday. In December 2010, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange […] [...]

Vicksburg mayor marries during lunch break

VICKSBURG — When noon rolls around, most people eat, exercise or run errands. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. used a recent lunch hour to get married. The Vicksburg Post reports that about 20 people attended the small wedding Monday at Triumph Church. Flaggs married Valencia Renee Jones, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of […] [...]

Callon Petroleum stock sale for acquisitions raises $122M

NATCHEZ — Callon Petroleum Co. has raised $122 million from a stock sale, with plans to use the proceeds to pay for new oil and gas properties it plans to buy in the Permian Basin of west Texas. The Natchez-based company announced it has sold 14.38 million shares at $9 per share, paying about $7 […] [...]

Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple’s divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that […] [...]

School superintendent says he never intended to hire wife’s uncle, but recommended him

COLUMBUS — A school superintendent in north Mississippi said this week that he never intended to hire his wife’s uncle for a district job, despite recommending it. Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday and was asked about the integrity of hiring relatives to work for the district, […] [...]

Tunica Municipal Airport lands more USDOT money for hangar

TUNICA — The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving the Tunica Municipal Airport an additional $1.1 million to help pay for a new hangar. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says Tunica County is receiving $2.5 million from the federal agency for the current federal budget year, which ends Sept. 30. The county will receive the other […] [...]

City leaders vote against offering insurance to one adult, possibly same-sex partner

STARKVILLE — City of Starkville aldermen are rolling back a decision that would have allowed city employees to buy health insurance coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner. Aldermen yesterday voted 4-2, with one abstention, to limit that benefit to people whom Mississippi considers legally married. Mayor Parker Wiseman is telling council […] [...]

Childers critical of Cochran over vote on women-pay bill

JACKSON — Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said yesterday that if he’s elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs. “I have learned to listen to the women in my family, especially concerning family issues. I only have […] [...]

Researchers fly drone into hurricane for the first time

MIAMI — U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away. This week’s launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from “hurricane hunter” planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms. Scientists […] [...]

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