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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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(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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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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Investigators: Dog fighting sentences send strong message

MONTGOMERY, Alabama  — Investigators in the nation’s second-largest dog fighting bust said defendants’ stiff sentences should send a message that the cruel spectacles will not be tolerated. Those punishments include an eight-year prison sentence to a man who organized fights where up to a $100,000 was routinely wagered on a single match. Prosecutors say that is the longest federal sentence ...

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