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Bill passes requiring more oversight of troubled DMR

BILOXI — A plan to reorganize the scandal-plagued Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and require that it be audited every year is moving forward. House members passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2579 Tuesday, returning it to the Senate for more work. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, persuaded House members to amend the […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing […] [...]

Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented […] [...]

Ex-DMR director, four others plead not guilty to corruption

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and three others pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal corruption charges related to the use of public money. Former MDMR director Bill Walker and his son, Scott Walker, and two former MDMR officials, Joseph Zeigler Jr. and Sheila “Tina” Shumate, face […] [...]

Newspaper’s bid to get DMR records continues

BILOXI — The Sun Herald is arguing in court documents that the state’s attorneys have failed to follow the law for sealing a court record. Henry Laird, who represents the newspaper in a long running dispute over access to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources documents, argues the law requires notice to the public and a […] [...]

New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director’s criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally […] [...]

Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five […] [...]

Louisiana firm chosen to manage DMR conservation program

BILOXI — A Louisiana firm has been awarded a $1.2 million, three-year contract to manage a coastal conservation program headquartered at the Mississippi Department of Resources. The Sun Herald reports CSRS, a Baton Rouge-based firm headed by architects and engineers, will manage the final stages of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, the subject of a […] [...]

Coast newspaper sues DMR, Pickering over records request

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and state Auditor Stacey Pickering to get access to more records from an audit of the agency. The Sun Herald reports that it filed suit yesterday in Harrison County Chancery Court, seeking to require the MDMR and Pickering to make the […] [...]

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