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Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of Memphis are four of 40 ...

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City approves agreement in harbor lawsuit with Hosemann

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport and the secretary of state’s office may have settled a lawsuit over the harbor. Gulfport City Council members voted 5-2 yesterday to enter into a 65-year use agreement with the secretary of state on the water bottom. The agreement would cost the city nothing. “There must still be a final document, but basically what ...

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Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong ...

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Hercules asks judge to allow EPA to address city's complaints

HATTIESBURG — Hercules Inc. and its parent company have asked a federal judge to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to address complaints raised by the city of Hattiesburg in its lawsuit that alleges improper disposal of harmful chemicals in its facility. The city sued for damages from what it has called decades of pollution from the Hercules plant site, which ...

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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire wants judge removed from case

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove a judge appointed to preside over his case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the latest twist in the case came after Judge Breland Hilburn denied another request to recuse himself and levied sanctions on Smith’s attorney, William Bell. In Supreme Court documents, ...

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Doctor charged with murder-for-hire to see psychiatrist

GREENWOOD — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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County wins in court in lawsuit challenging bond issue

MERIDIAN — A judge has ruled that Lauderdale County did nothing wrong in the handling of a $14-million bond issue. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the ruling yesterday. If there is no appeal, the board of supervisors can move forward on the bonds. The county plans to fund recreational projects and improvements to the courthouse. Plaintiffs argued the board should ...

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Judge weighing decision in bond issue petition

MERIDIAN — A judge will decide whether Lauderdale County officials erred in not calling an election on $14-million bond issue after a petition was filed by opponents. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux heard arguments yesterday from county officials and opponents to the bond issue. Primeaux said he would rule later on whether the June approval of the bond issue is valid. ...

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Court to hear agruments over city/clinic dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court will referee a dispute between the city of Ocean Springs and a mental health clinic that wants to locate in the coastal city. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case for Sept. 16 in Jackson. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that the city erred in denying ...

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