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Aldermen call public hearing over mayor's budget proposal

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s mayor is proposing 3 percent average pay raises for city employees and a half-million dollars set aside to pave roads. The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tonight on the budget proposed by Mayor Scott Phillips for the 2013-14 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Phillips tapped various government ...

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Hub City mayoral special election day set

HATTIESBURG — Gov. Phil Bryant has set a Sept. 24 special election for a do-over in the Hattiesburg mayoral race. Bryant’s order today came days after Judge William Coleman ordered a new election because of questions about the way the June 4 election was conducted. Former city council member Dave Ware, who ran for mayor as an independent, brought a ...

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Judge orders new mayoral election in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — A judge has ordered a new election in the dispute over who won the June 4 contest for mayor of Hattiesburg. WDAM reports Judge William Coleman granted a motion by attorneys for independent candidate Dave Ware calling for a special election. Coleman, appointed by the state Supreme Court to hear the dispute, said absentee ballots in the June ...

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White wins vacant alderman seat in Water Valley

WATER VALLEY — Unofficial results of yesterday’s voting in Water Valley show Fred White defeated Kathleen Hawkins for a seat on the town’s Board of Aldermen. WTVA reports the position opened up when Alderman-elect Ray Hawkins could not assume the post without leaving his job with the University of Mississippi Police Department. Unofficial results show White defeated Hawkins by a ...

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Will the GreenTech project survive investigation, challenges?

TUNICA — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles. GreenTech Automotive Inc. announced in 2009 production would start in three years and ...

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Ex-mayor's embezzlement trial rescheduled again

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal Davis’ trial was scheduled for Aug. 19 but has been continued until Dec. 9. Davis, 47, was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on the felony charges ...

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Former Sen. Lott hospitalized with ruptured appendix

JACKSON — A one-time aide to former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said yesterday that the Mississippi Republican has suffered a ruptured appendix. The former aide, Lee Youngblood, told The Associated Press that he has been in touch with Lott’s family. Youngblood said the 71-year-old Lott underwent surgery and is expected to recover. “He did have a ruptured appendix,” Youngblood said. ...

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Will Cochran run again for Senate, or will he retire?

WASHINGTON — What will Thad do? It’s the biggest question in Mississippi politics, heading into the 2014 federal elections. The state’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran, will turn 76 in December. He has served since January 1979 and is his party’s ranking member on the Agriculture Committee. His seat is up for election next year, but he pointedly has ...

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Ex-brigadier general, lawmaker Melancon dies at 68

BROOHAVEN — Steven L. Melancon, a retired brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former state lawmaker, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Melancon died Friday at his home in Brookhaven. Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He began his military service in ...

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Judge postpones ex-mayor's bribery trial

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has postponed a trial for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield on charges he sought $10,000 in cash in exchange for awarding a city contract. Paul Winfield’s trial was scheduled to start tomorrow in Natchez. On Friday, however, U.S. District Judge David Bramlette delayed it until Sept. 30 to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time ...

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