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Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday and entered not guilty pleas ...

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Items from suspect's karate studio test positive for ricin

TUPELO — When poison-laced letters were sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials, it didn’t take long to track down a suspect based on a phrase in one of the letters often used by a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator named Kevin Curtis: “I am KC and I approve this message.” Curtis was soon arrested at his house in north ...

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Former state Sen. Lee dies of cancer at age 74

PICAYUNE — Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died today after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012. Lee served most of his career as a Democrat, and switched ...

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House redistricting plan could kill four Democratic districts

JACKSON — A proposed redistricting plan unveiled today would increase the number of black-majority districts by one, and could target as many as four white Democrats for extinction. That could increase the House Republican majority from today’s 64-58 margin, before considering changes that could weaken other Democrats. The number of districts with secure black majorities would grow to 42 from ...

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House changes committee rules to favor GOP

JACKSON — The Mississippi House changed its rules yesterday to ensure Republicans have a majority on both money committees. Under longtime rules, the House speaker could name three members to the budget-writing Appropriations Committee and three to tax-writing Ways and Means. Thirty members of each were selected based on seniority. Six were chosen from each of state’s five congressional districts ...

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Barbour joining Butler Snow law firm

RIDGELAND — Former Gov. Haley Barbour and his former chief of staff Paul Hurst will join Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC (Butler Snow), according to the firm. Barbour and Hurst will provide leadership to the firm in the areas of economic development, government relations, strategic planning and business development. “Gov. Barbour and Paul are tremendous assets for our ...

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Judges' redistricting plan reduces number of split counties

JACKSON — Federal judges yesterday released a plan to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said. The judges say their plan preserves to core constituencies of each district. “Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts ...

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Congressmen confident court will produce acceptable redistricting plan

WASHINGTON — Mississippi’s four U.S. House members have expressed confidence that a federal court will produce a redistricting plan they can accept. The three Republicans and one Democrat said they did not object to a three-judge panel taking over the job of drawing new maps, as the state Republican Party had requested. The judges said they would step in assuming ...

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Stupid comments from Mississippi politicians

By the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi’s legislators just aren’t afraid to blast their cowardice to the world. The MBJ’s most recent favorite examples: The Clarion-Ledger‘s Jan. 21 story “Open meetings bill passes Senate floor” highlights a new law (SB 2289) that would put teeth in the state’s Open Meeting Act. Elected officials who violate the act would have to personally ...

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