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Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school aid formula must be fully ...

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Judge: Homeowners eligible to share damages in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices of U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s order were sent Friday to the homeowners ...

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Cochran's lawyers: McDaniel's challenge came too late

JACKSON — Attorneys for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday that a challenger waited too long to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn Cochran’s victory in the June 24 Republican primary runoff. However, attorneys for the challenger, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, argued that current Mississippi law does not specify a deadline for filing a ...

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Man indicted for burglary in Rose Cochran photo scandal

MADISON — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Clayton Kelly was served yesterday with an indictment charging him with one count each of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, said Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Kelly’s lawyer, Kevin Camp, told The ...

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Supreme Court hear agruments in McDaniel's challenge to Cochran loss (UPDATE)

JACKSON — Attorneys for a tea party-supported candidate are trying to persuade the Mississippi Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit that challenges his Republican primary loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. But Cochran’s attorneys say state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to try to overturn Cochran’s June 24 victory. Justices heard nearly two hours of arguments today, but gave ...

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Ex-circuit clerk Palmertree gets 10 years for embezzlement

VICKSBURG — A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey. Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run ...

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Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, has about $13 million at ...

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Ex-baliff wants pay or her job back after termination

TUPELO — A former Tupelo municipal court bailiff wants five years of future pay or to return to her job. Last week, a federal court jury awarded Latisha Mitchell $65,000 in damages against the city for discrimination. The jury found the city had mishandled her employment after she was injured on the job and later terminated her because she filed ...

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Drew Brees settles lawsuit alleging investment fraud

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has settled a lawsuit with a former teammate who allegedly advising him to invest $160,000 in tax credits that turned out to be bogus, court records show. The suit filed on Brees’ behalf in federal court in 2013 alleged former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, a licensed securities broker, mishandled the ...

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Doctor convicted of using phony church for tax shelter

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Pass Christian doctor has been convicted of tax evasion for using a phony church as a tax shelter. Timothy Dale Jackson, a 50-year-old orthopedic physician, has been found guilty on four counts of felony tax evasion and one count of obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws. Prosecutors say Jackson funneled his income ...

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