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Mayor's civil trial continued, but judge urging settlement

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ civil trial in Jackson has been continued until May, but there are discussions that the judge in the case has urged both sides to settle the matter before then. At the end of yesterday’s hearing, The Commercial Appeal reports a Hinds County chancellor called attorneys for both sides into his chambers for a closed-door meeting. ...

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Auditor says he can't approve education program

JACKSON — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is calling on lawmakers to write new, stricter rules on computing how much state money goes to local schools. The Republican told the House Appropriations Committee he can’t approve the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, as required by law, because his office has found unreliable numbers on attendance, students receiving free lunch and other ...

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Mayor Davis' civil trial to be heard next week in Jackson

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis will be in Jackson next week for the civil trial where Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is trying to recover funds that the state says the Southaven mayor owes the city. In November 2011, Pickering ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 for the mayor’s unsubstantiated expenses for trips, personal counseling, expensive dinners and entertainment. Through ...

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DMR employee's house searched; pols give back money

BILOXI — Investigators have searched the home of Tina Shumate, coastal management and planning director at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. David Huggins, who heads the Investigative Audit Division of the State Auditor’s Office, tells The Sun Herald a search warrant was served at Shumate’s home Tuesday. Huggins would not release any details about the search, part of an ...

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Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. The Sun Herald says it ...

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Audit finds questionable bidding processes at DMR

BILOXI — A preliminary audit by federal authorities says the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources may have skirted laws requiring competitive bidding in awarding more than $600,000 in contracts and an additional $116,000 to a consultant. The Sun Herald reports the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General’s preliminary audit questions DMR’s dealings with Barber & Mann Inc. of Ridgeland. ...

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Pickering returns funds misused by supervisor to county

LEAKESVILLE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $70,280.72 to Greene County following an investigation into supervisors’ misuse of funds used as part of an illegal kickback scheme carried out through a contract for Katrina debris removal and legal expenses. These funds represent $64,030.72 in principal and $2,146.08 in interest and investigative costs. Pickering previously returned over $18,000.00 to Greene ...

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Auditor: USM should repay post-Katrina funding

LONG BEACH — A federal auditor says FEMA should demand the return of $5.3 million of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction money from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General says it reviewed $12.2 million of the $41.1 million that USM received to rebuild its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach following the 2005 hurricane. FEMA officials ...

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Two defendants to be arraigned in surplus property case

BASSFIELD — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says two individuals turned themselves in to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office last Tuesday following multiple count indictments. These indictments are a result of the investigation into surplus property purchased by the City of Bassfield and converted to personal use. Brenda Saulters and Billy Matthews were booked on the charges false pretenses, embezzlement and ...

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Auditor's Office closes embezzlement investigation

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering has closed his office’s investigation into embezzlement by a former Lincoln County Circuit Clerk. Pickering last week delivered a check for more than $61,000 to Lincoln County Supervisors. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports the check represents the last of the money the auditor’s office says Terry Lynn Watkins had failed to turn over to ...

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