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Court upholds firing of forester who opposed state logging plan

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Franklin County forester who opposed a logging plan pushed by the state. The decision overturned a 2010 order by Franklin County judge who found the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s firing of Stephen Oglesby was wrong. According to court records, Oglesby was at odds with the commission over ...

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State's joblessness rate falls to single digits, lowest since July 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in February, the lowest level since July 2009. Jobless figures for January had first appeared to dip to 9.9 percent in preliminary numbers, but later were revised up to 10 percent. The state recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to 128,000 ...

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Keesler AFB slashing another 38 civilian jobs

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base is scheduled to lose another 38 civilian jobs in 2012 as the Air Force continues it move toward eliminating about 9,000 such workers. The announcement comes two months after Keesler said it would eliminate 68 positions from the civilian work force in the 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing. Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller of ...

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Former city manager drops lawsuit over firing

GAUTIER — Former Gautier city manager Sidney Runnels has dropped the court challenge to his firing by the city council. Runnels tells The Mississippi Press his health is one of the reasons for dropping the case. Runnels says he had triple bypass surgery within a week after the 4-3 vote to fire him by the city council in October. Robert ...

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Commission appeals ruling in wrongful firing case

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Forestry Commission has appealed a judge’s ruling that it wrongly fired a Franklin County forester who opposed logging plan pushed by the state. The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case on Jan. 18. A Franklin County judge ruled for Stephen Oglesby in 2010. According to court records, Oglesby was at ...

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City manager's firing stands, will get back pay

GAUTIER — The city of Gautier will pay former City Manager Sidney Runnels back pay dating from Oct. 4-Nov. 15 and grant him 12 weeks of medical leave. The Mississippi Press reports the city council also agreed Tuesday to reimburse Runnells for a nearly $1,400 insurance payment that he made after he was fired. On a 4-3 vote the city ...

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