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Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty in August. They ...

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Department of Public Safety asks for $46M increase in funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is requesting a $46 million budget boost in the coming year. That would be a 26 percent increase, from $176 million to nearly $223 million. It would pay for a variety of items, such as up-to-date Crime Lab equipment, and employees such as new state troopers and a new worker to receive ...

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Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft

HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, all ...

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Highway Patrol gets Mississippi-made Airbus helicopter

COLUMBUS and JACKSON — Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing recently accepted delivery of a Mississippi-made Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar, produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e, which was built in Columbus, was clearly the best aircraft for the department’s ...

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State of emergency declared for more winter weather

After enjoying spring-like temperatures this weekend, Mississippians are facing a new threat from winter weather today. Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for the possibility of significant ice accumulations in the northern half of the state and severe thunderstorms or tornadoes in the central and southern parts of the state. A state of emergency is an administrative ...

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Audit: DPS' internal controls in compliance with law

JACKSON — Internal controls over day-to-day operations appear adequate in the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, according to an auditor’s report that also said improvements are needed in budget preparation and planning. DPS spokesman Warren Strain said in a news release yesterday that Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz requested the performance audit by State Auditor Stacey Pickering in the ...

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DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during a contentious hearing yesterday. “I ...

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Rusty Barnes named MHP homeland security director

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has named Highway Patrol Maj. Rusty Barnes as the new director for its Office of Homeland Security. He succeeds Jay Ledbetter, who retired about a month ago after more than 30 years of state service. The 48-year-old Barnes has been with the Highway Patrol for more than 25 years. He’s a Corinth native and ...

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Mississippi can avoid Justice Department review on voter ID law

Mississippi’s distant history of infringing on voting rights makes it likely the U.S. Justice Department will have questions on just how the state plans to implement a voter identification law, should voters decide Nov. 8 to change the state constitution to require the IDs before allowing someone to vote. But Mississippi does have the option to avoid Justice Department scrutiny, ...

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Energy audits can result in big savings

Numerous municipalities and other entities in Mississippi are benefitting from energy audits. Audits involve prioritizing energy usage by cost effectiveness, determining problem areas in a facility and identifying energy-efficiency opportunities. In this time of economic recovery, every dollar counts. Engineering firm Allen & Hoshall has performed many energy audits for entities that received stimulus funds for energy projects through the ...

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