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Coast man gets nearly 13 years for trying to trade bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — A man who agreed to swap a bar he owned for more than 26 pounds of cocaine has been sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison. The Sun Herald reports that 33-year-old Victor Darnell Williams was sentenced Thursday. His prison term will be followed by five years of post-release supervision. Williams […] [...]

Aycock named chief federal judge in north Mississippi

OXFORD — U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock is the new chief judge for the federal court in north Mississippi. She succeeds U.S. District Judge Michael Mills whose seven-year term as the court’s leader ended this past week. Mills will continue to serve on the court. The northern district court is headquartered in Oxford. It is […] [...]

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

Voter ID to make debut during primary elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi tomorrow will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during the Republican and […] [...]

BP ordered to resume oil spill payments as Court reviews settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said yesterday. The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments […] [...]

Anti-abortion initiatives spread across South

JACKSON — From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections […] [...]

Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced for fondling

TUPELO — A Mississippi man sentenced to 25 years for sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to be sentenced on unrelated state fondling charges. James Everett Dutschke is scheduled to appear in Lee County Circuit Court today. Lee County district attorney investigator Paul Howell has […] [...]

Investigation into Rose Cochran photos yields three more arrests

MADISON — Mississippi authorities have arrested a total of four men in the investigation of photos taken of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The arrests today included attorney Mark Mayfield, a member of the board of the Central Mississippi Tea Party; Richard Sager of Laurel; and John Mary of Hattiesburg. The three […] [...]

NARUC lawsuit stops collections for Nuclear Waste Fund

JACKSON — Thanks to the work of state utility commissions, this year Mississippi ratepayers will have an estimated $3.7 million dollars in their pockets which would otherwise go to the federal government, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. As a result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of […] [...]

Justice Court judge announces retirement, cites health issues

TUPELO — Longtime Lee County Justice Court Judge Pat Carr is resigning effective May 31. Carr cited health reasons in his resignation letter to the board of supervisors Monday. A special election to fill the remainder of the term is scheduled for Nov. 4. The job pays $47,844 annually. Supervisors appointed Tupelo attorney Dennis Voge […] [...]

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