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Second Harrison County supervisor indicted for corruption

February 26, 2015

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GULFPORT — A Harrison County supervisor who is facing federal indictment is now a fugitive. Supervisor William Martin was scheduled be in federal court in Gulfport at 11 a.m. Thursday. When he did not appear, a federal magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. The federal indictment against Martin remains sealed. Jim Davis, Martin’s attorney, […]

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District attorney and state senator enter congressional race

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — A prosecutor and a state senator have entered a special congressional election in north Mississippi. Trent Kelly, who is district attorney in Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties, announced his candidacy Thursday. Republican state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo said Wednesday that she’s running. Republican Rep. Chris Brown of Aberdeen […]

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Lawsuit settled over allegation bullying of gay students

February 25, 2015

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JACKSON — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. In a statement Wednesday, the law center says the Moss Point School District has agreed to adopt and implement new anti-bullying and discrimination policies and procedures, as […]

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

February 24, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in […]

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Hernando mayor running for transportation commissioner

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has qualified to run for northern district transportation commissioner. Johnson filed papers Tuesday at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. He is challenging fellow Republican Mike Tagert of Starkville, who has been commissioner since 2011. The district covers the northern one-third of the state. No Democrat has yet […]

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Gunn backs $1.38B plan to phase out personal income tax

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Speaker Philip Gunn and other House Republicans are lauding their plan to eliminate Mississippi’s personal income tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to advance House Bill 1629, moving it to the full House where it will need a 60 percent majority to advance. Gunn, of Clinton, says the plan […]

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, […]

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Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlement earmarked for mentally ill

February 20, 2015

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Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […]

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

February 20, 2015

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has […]

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

February 20, 2015

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JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male […]

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