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Newspaper's bid to get DMR records continues

BILOXI — The Sun Herald is arguing in court documents that the state’s attorneys have failed to follow the law for sealing a court record. Henry Laird, who represents the newspaper in a long running dispute over access to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources documents, argues the law requires notice to the public and a hearing to decide whether secrecy ...

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New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director's criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally assigned to the cases. Guirola ...

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Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five former MDMR employees were indicted ...

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Louisiana firm chosen to manage DMR conservation program

BILOXI — A Louisiana firm has been awarded a $1.2 million, three-year contract to manage a coastal conservation program headquartered at the Mississippi Department of Resources. The Sun Herald reports CSRS, a Baton Rouge-based firm headed by architects and engineers, will manage the final stages of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, the subject of a scathing audit by the U.S. ...

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Coast newspaper sues DMR, Pickering over records request

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and state Auditor Stacey Pickering to get access to more records from an audit of the agency. The Sun Herald reports that it filed suit yesterday in Harrison County Chancery Court, seeking to require the MDMR and Pickering to make the records available for review and ...

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DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614. Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell the boats as early as ...

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Agency receives 20 bids for recreational fishing boats

BILOXI — The Department of Marine Resources has received 20 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. Spokeswoman Melissa Scallan tells The Sun Herald the bids will be open today at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting in Biloxi. Scallan says officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell the boats as early ...

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Lesson bigger than mortgage fraud

Greenville attorney Bill Walker draws from real-life experience with fraudulent real estate scheme On a cold February night, with hunting season over and the weather too cold for fishing, Greenville attorney Bill Walker decided to write a book on a subject he knew all too well: mortgage fraud. Around 2001, Walker began taking on the cases of victims of mortgage ...

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Walker receives Stratton Award

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) executive director Bill Walker has received the Julius A. Stratton Award for leadership in coastal management. The national award was presented by NOAA at the Coastal Zone Conference to acknowledge great leadership in the spirit of Dr. Stratton, the first leader of the U.S. Ocean Commission. Walker has distinguished himself as a leader in ...

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