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Retired Mississippi chancery judge Ray Montgomery dies

CANTON — Retired Chancery Judge Ray H. Montgomery of Canton died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 79. The Mississippi Supreme Court announced Montgomery’s death Monday. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Canton. Burial will be in Cato Cemetery in Johns, Mississippi. After retiring, Montgomery heard cases as a senior judge until a few ...

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Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. 5 at 2:15 p.m. The ...

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(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Ex-director of MVLP pleads guilty to stealing federal money

JACKSON — The former executive director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project has pleaded guilty to the theft of federal funds. Prospectors say 47-year-old Shirley Mae Williams of Jackson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal information alleges that from January 2009 through December 2012, Williams used less $1,000 in federal funds from the organization to ...

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Firefighters await ruling in controversy over pay

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge will determine if the city of Gautier is violating state law by paying its firefighters for only 8 hours of holiday pay, as are other city employees, even though firefighters work 24-hour shifts. Attorneys for Gautier and the local firefighters’ union argued the case yesterday before Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson. Jackson did not ...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in dispute over bailiffs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Ellis’ dispute with a local trial judge over the assignment of bailiffs to the courts. The case is on the Supreme Court’s docket for November and December. The court will not hear oral argument in the case. Ellis is challenging an order from Circuit Judge Tomie Green that ...

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Judge mulls overturning of state's same-sex marriage ban

JACKSON — A federal judge heard five hours of arguments yesterday about whether to overturn Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, and he pressed attorneys to say whether the state’s interests outweigh those of gay or lesbian couples who want the same legal rights as straight couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said that in addition to the oral and written ...

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With judge's ruling, cleanup of old Kerr-McGee site can begin

COLUMBUS — A judge has cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to get started on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant in Columbus. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In December, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court ...

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