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Supreme Court deals blow to McDaniel’s election challenge

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said yesterday that it won’t reconsider its ruling that voters’ birthdates must be redacted before poll books are opened for public inspection. State Sen. Chris McDaniel had asked the nine justices to hold a hearing and reconsider the ruling they issued last week. Yesterday, the court said no. Two […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Supreme Court rules for city in annexation case involving hospital

OXFORD — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s order that lets the city of Oxford annex the site of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s new hospital. In March 2013, a Lafayette County chancery judge ruled in favor of several landowners who petitioned the court to allow Oxford to take in the property. The […] [...]

Chinese drywall manufacturer fined, banned from doing business in U.S.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon found […] [...]

Court wants more info from McDaniel on voting records request

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is seeking more information about state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s request for voting records as he prepares a possible challenge of his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican primary runoff. Three justices yesterday asked McDaniel to tell them what laws address the disclosure of voters’ personal information. They’re […] [...]

Court grants Gulfport’s request to drop annexation lawsuit

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of an annexation lawsuit between the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi over a contested piece of land along the Mississippi Highway 605 corridor. The court granted Gulfport’s motion yesterday. Biloxi and Gulfport have been battling over the same territory since 2009. Both cities are located […] [...]

Ladner appeals conviction for Katrina cleanup kickback

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager is appealing a Mississippi judge’s refusal to throw out his conviction in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Roger Ladner, the former road manager, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012. Ladner also was ordered to pay $1.13 million in restitution. Ladner’s wife […] [...]

Appeals panel rules against Pugh in bail bond lawsuit

JACKSON COUNTY — A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling that Mississippi sheriffs are authorized to decide who will — or won’t — write bail bonds in their counties. The ruling came last week from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The ruling upheld a decision […] [...]

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