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Insurance Department files lawsuit; looks to block federal rate hikes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Insurance filed a lawsuit yesterday against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that unless something changes, some customers could see their rates rise by more than 3,000 percent because of a 2012 federal law. “Today, many ...

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Man falsely accused of sending ricin-laced letters files lawsuit

CORINTH — An Elvis impersonator charged, then cleared, of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others has filed a defamation lawsuit against the current suspect in the case. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Alcorn County Circuit Court in north Mississippi. It says James Everett Dutschke framed Paul Kevin Curtis when he sent ricin-tainted letters on April 8 ...

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Officials to continue to count ballots in Hub City mayoral race

HATTIESBURG — Ballot counting will stretch into a third day for Hattiesburg’s second mayoral election this year. The special election was Tuesday, and officials spent hours yesterday counting and examining absentee ballots. They stopped just before 5 p.m. yesterday and are scheduled to start again about 9 a.m. today. Independent Dave Ware had a 32-vote lead over three-term Democratic incumbent ...

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Trial rescheduled of Alabama man accused of wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — The trial date has changed for William R. Miller, a Fairhope, Ala., real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County. U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III recused himself from hearing the case in July for unspecified reasons. The Sun Herald reports Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has set the trial for ...

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Ex-Health Department worker sentenced for embezzling

JACKSON — Authorities say a former employee of the Mississippi Department of Health was sentenced yesterday to one year of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $23,000. State Auditor Stacey Pickering, in a news release, said that David Kweller, a former employee in the Professional Licensure Division, was sentenced in Hinds County Circuit Court. Pickering said Kweller ...

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Ware holds slim lead over DuPree for Hub City mayor

HATTIESBURG — Early returns show independent Dave Ware taking a very slim lead over Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree in a special election for Hattiesburg mayor with absentee votes still uncounted. The Hattiesburg American said Ware led 6,848 votes to 6,816 for DuPree with all 14 precincts reporting late last night. It said the race remained undecided with 1,055 absentee ballots ...

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Family blues — fight continues over Johnson's estate

Legendary blues musician Robert Johnson’s life was all too short; unfortunately, the in-family fight over his estate continues with all eyes now on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The state’s highest court heard arguments yesterday in a dispute over two photos of Johnson, who died in 1938 at the age of 28. When the justices might make a decision is still ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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Ex-teller gets eight years for stealing $200K-plus

WIGGINS — A former lead bank teller has been ordered to prison for eight years and must pay restitution of $201,000 for embezzling from the Bank of Wiggins. The Sun Herald reports Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced 38-yeaer-old Veronica Morse yesterday to 20 years and suspended 12, leaving eight to serve followed by five years of probation. Prosecutors say Morse ...

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Man's sentencing for role in contraband tobacco case delayed

ABERDEEN — The sentencing hearing has been postponed for a North Carolina man scheduled to be sentenced for his involvement in a multi-state scheme to avoid taxes and fees on tobacco sales. Calvin Phelps, who operated four tobacco sales businesses in Mocksville, N.C., pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud, contraband cigarette trafficking and money laundering in June 2012. ...

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