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Governor signs fracking bill as database comes under scrutiny

JACKSON — Legislation to lower the Mississippi severance tax on hydraulically fractured oil wells from 6 percent to 1.25 percent for first 30 months of well production has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant. House Bill 1698 also will allow counties where fracking is occurring to keep a larger share of tax proceeds. […] [...]

Lawmakers to return for special session on mystery project

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s calling lawmakers to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project. He said today that the session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. He didn’t give specifics about the project, but said it will create needed jobs for the state. He said […] [...]

Second Mississippian implicated in ricin-laced letters scheme

TUPELO — Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man implicated in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against the man arrested in the case last week. Everett Dutschke, whose Tupelo home was searched yesterday by dozens of officials, some […] [...]

Trial to continue of man accused of mailing ricin

OXFORD — More discussion was likely today of the mental state of the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, said yesterday she expects testimony from David Daniels, a Tupelo attorney who says Curtis threatened him […] [...]

State agency continues to lose top executives

BILOXI — Another top official at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced he’s leaving. The Sun Herald reports Danny Guice, who had been interim director of the agency after DMR executive director Bill Walker was fired in January, announced to the staff last week he would be retiring, effective June 30. The agency […] [...]

Mayor asks for delay in bribery trial to review evidence

VICKSBURG — A lawyer for Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to delay his trial on a federal bribery charge. Winfield is charged with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for June 3. Winfield’s lawyer says in a court […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters described as troubled

CORINTH — The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the past […] [...]

Bank executive asked by board to relocate to New Orleans

GULFPORT — Hancock Holding president and CEO Carl Chaney says the board of directors has asked him to move to New Orleans. Chaney tells The Sun Herald the Greater New Orleans represents approximately 41 percent of the company’s balance sheet. He says he plans to move his family in June. John Hairston, CEO and chief […] [...]

Governor signs education bills, including charter schools

FLOWOOD — Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the “transformative” potential of new education measures The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law today at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes. Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — […] [...]

New president hits the ground running at DSU

CLEVELAND – President William N. LaForge began his first day as the eighth leader of Delta State University by getting straight to work. Enthusiastic about being back at his alma mater, he began the day by welcoming the leadership team for campus operations from Teach For America to the campus as they prepare for the […] [...]

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