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Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. 5 at 2:15 p.m. The ...

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Federal appeals court: State's abortion law is unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court said today that it won’t reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitutional. The decision means the law remains blocked and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open. The law required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued the state to try ...

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BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau’s administration ...

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Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Ex-director of MVLP pleads guilty to stealing federal money

JACKSON — The former executive director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project has pleaded guilty to the theft of federal funds. Prospectors say 47-year-old Shirley Mae Williams of Jackson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal information alleges that from January 2009 through December 2012, Williams used less $1,000 in federal funds from the organization to ...

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Ex-mayor disbarred by the Supreme Court following bribery conviction

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disbarred former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield who is serving a two-year sentence for a federal bribery conviction. Winfield, an attorney, pleaded guilty in September of 2013 to seeking $10,000 in cash from a confidential FBI informant in exchange for a city contract. The Mississippi Bar filed a formal complaint against Winfield in December ...

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Ziegler's sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will begin making payments of $1,000 ...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in dispute over bailiffs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Ellis’ dispute with a local trial judge over the assignment of bailiffs to the courts. The case is on the Supreme Court’s docket for November and December. The court will not hear oral argument in the case. Ellis is challenging an order from Circuit Judge Tomie Green that ...

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With judge's ruling, cleanup of old Kerr-McGee site can begin

COLUMBUS — A judge has cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to get started on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant in Columbus. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In December, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court ...

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Supreme Court reinstates wrongful termination lawsuit

SHELBY — The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by two Shelby, Mississippi, police officers who said they were fired for refusing to ignore an alderman’s criminal activity. The ruling overturned a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which sided with the town of Shelby against Officers Tracey L. Johnson ...

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