Posts Tagged ‘law’

Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. […] [...]

Ex-judge accused of attempting to influence witness

JACKSON — A former Mississippi judge has been accused of witness tampering in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The federal information filed in June alleges former Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly influence a witness subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.” The document also alleges […] [...]

Wild horse roundup contract terminated following protests

PELAHATCHIE — Wild horse advocates dropped a lawsuit yesterday challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor accused by critics of allowing some mustangs to be sold for slaughter. The Fish and Wildlife Service notified J&S Associates of Mississippi on June 23 that its contract […] [...]

Four arrested for involvement in counterfeit money ring

OVETT — Four people are now in custody in the investigation of a counterfeit money ring in Jones County. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Keith LeRoy says officers are looking for a fifth suspect. LeRoy tells The Chronicle the four people arrested on forgery charges are Shawn Donella Wade, David Alton Wade, Leland G. Wade and Melissa […] [...]

Georgia woman gets jail time for bribing ex-Delta school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children. Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes in connection with […] [...]

MDHS postpones implementation of new TANF law; awaits hearing

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has agreed to a request to delay the implementation of House Bill 49, a law that would require TANF applicants to complete a questionnaire and possibly be drug tested, until the end of a public hearing comment period. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Civil […] [...]

Judge tosses lawsuit over crossover voting in GOP runoff

LAUREL — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel aimed at preventing crossover voting in yesterday’s GOP runoff. Ronald W. Swindall filed the lawsuit Monday in chancery court in Jones County. Yesterday, he asked Chancery Judge Deborah Gambrell to dismiss the lawsuit and she did. […] [...]

Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed […] [...]

Deputy city clerk indicted for embezzling from court

OXFORD — A deputy city clerk in Oxford has been indicted on charges she embezzled more than $12,700 from Lafayette County Justice Court receipts in 2012. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a news release that 46-year-old Alisa Liggins was released on $5,000 bond after she was booked at the sheriff’s department. Pickering says Liggins […] [...]

DA: No evidence of crime involving tea party officials in locked courthouse

JACKSON — In a letter to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Robert Smith repeated what he has said before: he found no evidence that a crime was committed when three tea party members became locked inside the courthouse on June 3 election night. The report delivered to supervisors yesterday included a cover […] [...]

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