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Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it 'witch hunt'

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the district reported false information, broke ...

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Pickering to run for Senate if Cochran decides against reelection

Add State Auditor Stacey Pickering to the list of potential candidates for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) decides not to seek reelection in 2014. Cochran has held the seat since 1978 and has said he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term. However, a Cochran spokesman said the senator hasn’t specified ...

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Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over whether the documents were exempt ...

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Ex-Southaven mayor's trial concludes; no ruling likely until 2014

SOUTHAVEN — Testimony concluded in a civil lawsuit against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but a ruling isn’t likely until next year. The 47-year-old Davis is being sued by Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering for allegedly misusing more than $170,000 in city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Davis has repaid $96,000 but still owes Southaven taxpayers $73,915.17, including interest ...

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Ex-Southaven mayor's trial to resume today

SOUTHAVEN — After a five-month recess, the civil trial of former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is set to resume in Hinds County Chancery Court in Jackson. The civil trial centers on Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering’s efforts to recover more than $70,000 the state alleges Davis still owes for questionable personal expenses including trips, shopping and counseling charged to his credit ...

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Pickering calls results of school system audits 'alarming'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of the State Auditor has released the 2012-2013 Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) School Audits Comprehensive Annual Report. During the previous school year, OSA conducted audits in 46 school districts totaling 146 schools across the state. “Each school district is required to submit specific student and personnel information to the Department of Education through the ...

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Ex-coroner gets demand for nearly $400K; PERS alerted

UNION COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says special agents have served a demand to former Union County coroner Mark Golding in the amount of $398,418.83. The Auditor’s Office began an investigation on Golding May 28 and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.56, to the Union County Board of Supervisors requesting fees for deaths which he did not ...

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Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t take a book home to ...

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Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide to discuss changes to the ...

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Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. Ashley-Palmertree and her attorneys “have ...

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