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Fire that destroyed city shop ruled an accident

JACKSON — Fire authorities in Jackson have ruled that a fire that destroyed the city’s maintenance shop Jan. 9 started by accident. Investigators tell WAPT-TV they believe the fire at the Jefferson Street building began in the electrical wiring of an exhaust fan, then was fueled by paint and other materials stored there. No one was in the building when ...

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Alcorn president resigns as investigation continues

Above is former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II’s interview with the Mississippi Business Journal earlier this year … LORMAN — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced yesterday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Brown did not immediately respond to requests for comment ...

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Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent gas card expenses. Two of ...

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Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel, who said ...

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Alcorn's finances being investigated; CFO resigns

LORMAN — Alcorn State University’s chief financial officer has resigned amid an investigation of alleged financial problems at the school. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Natchez Democrat that Betty Roberts resigned yesterday. Bounds says in a statement that his office has received reports of financial discrepancies and the College Boards staff is reviewing those reports. Bounds declined ...

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Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing and the Sun Herald newspaper ...

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Anti-fraud group names Rose Cancer Center investigation year's best

SUMMIT — The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) has presented its Investigation of the Year Award to a team of federal and state agencies and a Medicare Part C health plan that together helped uncover a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme committed by now-convicted Mississippi physician Meera Sachdeva. The joint investigation into the treatment and billing practices of Meera ...

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Refinery explosion claims a life; investigation underway

PASCAGOULA — Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery Friday that killed one worker. An operator at the Cracking II Processing Unit died after something detonated inside a furnace and sparked a fire, Chevron Mississippi general manager Tom Kovar said. The operators were outside the furnace at the time and the fire ...

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Coast newspaper's request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting that it was making arrangements ...

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Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over whether the documents were exempt ...

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