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Former health department manager indicted for skimming cash

A former county health department worker in northeast Mississippi has been indicted for skimming cash paid by patients. Phyllis Welch of Columbus was arrested Wednesday and jailed in Lowndes County on a felony embezzlement charge. She’s pleading not guilty, with a trial set for February. State Auditor Shad White says the 55-year-old Welch stole $1,967 in patient payments from May ...

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Trustees name campus advisers for Alcorn president search

Trustees are appointing 26 members of a campus search advisory committee to help them look for a new president for Alcorn State University. The College Board made the announcement Thursday. Leading the committee will be Alfred Galtney, director of Alcorn’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and alumna Jacqueline Beasley, senior vice president of administration of Minact Inc. The first ...

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Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds

Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won’t get state or federal funding to help repair related damages. WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won’t receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies. Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis says the damage isn’t considered a ...

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Finance chief named interim chancellor at Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi administrator who’s now in charge of finance and administration will be the school’s interim chancellor after Jeffrey Vitter resigns. The state College Board on Thursday in closed session named Larry Sparks to lead the university until a permanent chancellor is named. Vitter announced last week he would step down and return to teaching effective Jan. 4. ...

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Hyde-Smith spoke of ‘difficult’ voting for liberals in video

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote. A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social media days after another video showed Hyde-Smith praising someone at a ...

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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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Bryant names new district attorney to replace incoming judge

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming a deputy prosecutor to take over as district attorney in southeast Mississippi.Bryant on Wednesday named Angel Myers McIlraith to replace Tony Lawrence, who was elected last week to the state Court of Appeals and will take office in January. Once Lawrence becomes judge, McIlraith will become district attorney for Jackson, George and Greene counties. McIlraith ...

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GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be ...

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Callon Petroleum says it plans to relocate its official HQ

Callon Petroleum says it’ll move its official headquarters to Houston, but that dozens of employees based in a Mississippi city would remain rooted there.The company announced Tuesday that the more than three-dozen Natchez-based Callon employees would stay firmly rooted in the city. Callon CEO Joe Gatto tells the Natchez Democrat that the decision to officially move the corporate headquarters provides ...

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