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Severe weather slams Mississippi; 4 killed

JACKSON — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said thousands ...

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Deadline nears to file claims at troubled cemetery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenlawn Memorial Gardens owner Steve Ragland was laid to rest in the late 1990s. His successors’ clients haven’t rested since. After Ragland died, those who took control of the cemetery collected tens of thousands of dollars from people who prepaid for burial plots, grave markers, crypts and related items and services. According to court records, the cemetery’s ...

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Cemetery out of receivership, gets new owner

BOONEVILLE — Oaklawn Memorial Park in Booneville has a new owner. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the sale to Jeff Rencher of Corinth. “When our agency was first named as receiver of Oaklawn, the books, records and finances of this cemetery were in shambles,” said Hosemann.  “Our staff has worked diligently to piece this property back together for public ...

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Rock/R&B songwriter Jackson dies at home of cancer

RIDGELAND — Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of “Old Time Rock and Roll” and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68. Jackson died yesterday morning at his home in Ridgeland, said Thomas Couch Sr., board chairman of Malaco Records. Jackson had been sick with cancer for about a year. “It was not unexpected, ...

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Former tough-talking lawmaker dies on Coast at 79

OCEAN SPRINGS — Mack McInnis, a former South Mississippi lawmaker known for his tough talk on prison issues, has died. McInnis’ daughters said their father died in his sleep Sunday. He was 79. McInnis’ memorable statement about a push to make Mississippi prisoners wear striped uniforms made national news in 1994. “We want a prisoner to look like a prisoner, ...

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State lawmaker dead from apparent suicide; MSGOP 'shocked'

MENDENHALL — Authorities say they are investigating the apparent suicide of a state legislator in Mississippi. Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis tells WLOX Rep. Jessica Upshaw appeared to have shot herself in the head at a home in Mendenhall yesterday. The sheriff told The Clarion-Ledger Upshaw was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry. He has not ...

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City wants to name bridge for late state lawmaker

HOUSTON — The city of Houston has asked the Legislature to name a local bridge for the late state Rep. Billy Bowles. Bowles served 20 years in the Mississippi House. Bowles died in 2012 at the age of 78. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports aldermen are asking that the Mississippi Highway 15 overpass over Highway 8 east of Houston ...

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State Rep. Gibbs dies of cancer at 76

TUPELO — State Rep. David Gibbs, recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes, died yesterday. He was 76. Gibbs, who had cancer, died about 5 a.m. yesterday, said Rep. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. He had been hospitalized at Northeast Mississippi ...

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Reports: State saw fewest deaths from fire in 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Based on preliminary reports the total number of 2012 fire deaths in Mississippi was 62, down from 80 fire deaths in 2011, according to a release from the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Commissioner of Insurance/State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said that is the lowest number of fire deaths recorded in a single year since the office has ...

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