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FBI awaits autopsy in hanging of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — A Mississippi sheriff said Friday that a black man found hanging from a tree did not appear to have stepped off of anything before he died. Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas Sr. told The Associated Press on Friday that the body was found Thursday hanging by a bed sheet from a tree […] [...]

FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also […] [...]

People in the South move more than those in other US regions

by Published: March 18,2015

Tags: Business, Census Bureau, Mississippi, NEWS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Southerners moved a bit more last year than people who lived in any other region of the United States. New figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 12.5 percent of people in the South moved from 2013 to 2014. They moved either within their county, from one home to […] [...]

Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop

NEW ORLEANS — Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That’s the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It says the […] [...]

Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual […] [...]

Palazzo named to US House Appropriations Committee

JACKSON — Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi is joining the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Palazzo was named on Tuesday to the committee, which helps decide how to spend billions of federal dollars on everything from defense contracts to health care. A Mississippi congressman who died in early February, Republican Alan Nunnelee, had served on […] [...]

Oxford schools leader gets 6 percent salary increase

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has approved a 6 percent salary increase for Superintendent Brian Harvey, who will now receive $138,427 a year. Board member Marian Barksdale tells The Oxford Eagle the salary is not out of line with school districts of similar size. Barksdale says the raise was needed to stay competitive with […] [...]

Adams County supervisors memorialize fallen soldier

NATCHEZ — Adams County will memorialize one of its fallen sons with a roadway dedicated in his honor. The Natchez Democrat reports the Adams County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution to designate Green Acres Road as the Christopher Shaw Memorial Byway. Shaw, a Natchez native, was a U.S. Army sergeant first class when […] [...]

Olive Branch accepts $2.1M bid to fix streets

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch officials have accepted a $2.1 million bid for the first batch of street repairs and repaving on 49 of the worst roads in the city. On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen also authorized staff to begin seeking bids for phase two of street repaving. Both projects are expected to be […] [...]

Hattiesburg council approves pay scale tightening ordinance

by Published: March 18,2015

Tags: Business, HATTIESBURG, Johnny Dupree, Mississippi, NEWS

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has amended an ordinance to tighten its financial oversight of pay scales, transfers and promotions for city employees, as well as the reallocation or abolishment of positions within city departments. But the new law may be challenged by the person who it will impact most, Mayor Johnny DuPree. The […] [...]

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