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Doctor accused of failed murder scheme sues would-be victim

GREENWOOD — A Mississippi doctor charged with plotting to kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer has filed a countersuit to a lawsuit filed by the attorney. Dr. Arnold Smith alleges in his countersuit that Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham secretly schemed with others to cause him “severe mental and emotional distress.” The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the countersuit doesn’t provide specific details about ...

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County suing wood pellet company for breach of contract

MAGNOLIA — An Aug. 13 trial date has been set in U.S. District Court in Jackson in a breach-of-contract lawsuit by Pike County against a wood pellet company that never built a promised mill. The Enterprise-Journal reports Indeck Energy Services of Buffalo Grove, Ill., bought land from Pike County in 2008 with plans to build a $17 million plant that ...

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City settles federal lawsuit with Marie: Psychic Reader

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a couple who closed their business — “Marie: Psychic Reader” — because of a ban that the city later overturned. Court reporters’ records show the city agreed to pay $7,500 to Tommy and Marie Costello, who sued last August, the Hattiesburg American reported. They said they closed ...

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Owners of DiamondJacks Casino bankrupt; selling to Chickasaws

VICKSBURG — The owner of casinos in Vicksburg and Bossier City, La., has filed for bankruptcy and plans to sell its casinos to an Oklahoma Indian tribe. Legends Gaming filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in Shreveport, La. The company says it will sell its DiamondJacks casinos to Global Gaming Solutions for about $27.5 million, if the bankruptcy court and ...

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Indiana man gets house arrest for role in illegal tobacco scheme

ABERDEEN — Authorities say an Indiana man has been sentenced in Mississippi to six months on house arrest for making false records related to cigarette sales. Authorities say in a news release that 56-year-old Jack Settles of Indianapolis was sentenced in U.S. District in Aberdeen. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of making false records. In addition to ...

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Ex-Delta housing director gets 32 months, to pay restitution

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced the former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority to 32 months in prison. The Delta Democrat Times reports Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday sentenced 58-year-old Ann Jefferson and ordered her to pay more than $41,000 in restitution. Jefferson will begin her sentence Sept. 10 at the minimum-security women’s Federal ...

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DuPont to appeal $1 billion verdict for Monsanto

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — DuPont officials plan to appeal a federal jury’s record-setting $1-billion verdict that found the company willfully infringed a patent held by Monsanto. It took the jury 45 minutes to reach the largest collectible verdict in Missouri history Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. DuPont’s best chance for success on appeal will come from proving ...

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Ex-attorney sentenced to 40 years for stealing clients' money

CANTON — A former Ridgeland attorney who admitted to swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former clients has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. District Attorney Michael Guest says former Ridgeland attorney Vann Leonard received a 40-year sentence today for embezzling more than $500,000 from several clients that he represented in 2008 and 2009. Twenty years ...

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Judge dismisses FEMA from lawsuit over flooded Kmart

CORINTH — A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a defendant involving a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. The Daily Corinthian reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson issued the order this week. FEMA had argued that the Flood Control Act of 1928 exempts the United States from liability for flood damage ...

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Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi physician who wrote fake prescriptions that helped defraud Medicare of more than $5 million lost her medical license and has been ordered in Baton Rouge, La., federal court to repay the insurer $1.6 million. Dr. Jo A. Francis, of Natchez, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. She appeared in a ...

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