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Audit finds circuit clerk owes more money

VICKSBURG — An unfinished 2012 audit of Warren County says Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree owes the county more than previously thought and supervisors will ask for payback this week. The Vicksburg Post reports the five-member board will meet in special session to demand the clerk repay fees beyond the state-set cap for fee-based public officials. “We’re just following through on our ...

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Mayor's request to have repayment reduced is denied

SOUTHAVEN — A Hinds County judge has denied a request from Southaven Mayor Greg Davis to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. WMCTV in Memphis reports Davis’ argues that his reimbursements followed state law and he had the authority to approve his city travel. Davis’ attorneys have argued it ...

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Bonding company repays county for missing arena funds

CORINTH — Alcorn County supervisors have accepted $34,678 from the bonding company for former Crossroads Arena manager Reggie Churchwell to replace missing funds found by state auditors. The Daily Corinthian reports the money will be paid by Travelers Casualty and Surety Company. The board of supervisors signed off on the amount Monday. In October of 2011, the state auditor’s office ...

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Interim agency director cannot account for $4M

BILOXI — The interim director of the state Department of Marine Resources says he cannot account for about $4 million in state Tidelands money spent over the past decade. But Danny Guice told the Sun Herald he is not calling the money missing. He said it appears the money was spent on projects. “I’ve never suggested there was any wrongdoing,” ...

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Mayor's civil trial continued, but judge urging settlement

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ civil trial in Jackson has been continued until May, but there are discussions that the judge in the case has urged both sides to settle the matter before then. At the end of yesterday’s hearing, The Commercial Appeal reports a Hinds County chancellor called attorneys for both sides into his chambers for a closed-door meeting. ...

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Ex-Coast mayor wants judge to toss Katrina fraud plea

GULFPORT — A former Gulfport mayor is asking a federal judge to throw out his guilty plea almost three years ago to a felony charge of stealing FEMA funds. The plea deal Brent Warr entered into with the government allowed him and his wife to walk out of court with no prison time. The Sun Herald reports Warr’s attorney argues ...

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FEMA offering assistance to update flood maps, develop flood data

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing money to help some areas of Mississippi update their flood maps and develop information on flooding risks. The Vicksburg Post reports the activities dovetail onto work completed since 2002 to update flood maps in Mississippi. In 2011, technical adjustments to Warren County’s maps took areas less prone to hundred-year floods ...

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Plans coming to repair horse track, but no funding

STARKVILLE — Mississippi Horse Park director Bricklee Miller says a local engineer is currently developing plans to repair the facility’s damaged harness racing track, but funding is needed to go forward on the project. Once repair plans and cost estimates are finalized, Miller said she would approach the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors about funding options. In May, representatives from ...

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Public schools to ask for $320M increase to 2014 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public school system will seek an additional $320 million for the 2014 budget year, according to figures released yesterday. Each year, the state Board of Education must compute the amount called for under the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 funding formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Under the 1997 law that created MAEP, that’s the amount ...

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Auditor tells Coast city leaders to stay out of reserves

OCEAN SPRINGS — Auditors have told Ocean Springs to avoid — if they can — dipping in cash reserves in preparing a new city budget. City leaders borrowed $1.7 million from the city’s reserves last year, leaving $822,000. Auditors told the board of aldermen that good financial practices recommend a reserves balance of $2.7 million based on the city’s budget ...

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