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Confusion on jury vote leads to mistrial in mayoral election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — After seven days of court proceedings surrounding a lawsuit contesting the results of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayor’s election, it all ended yesterday in a mistrial and Johnny DuPree remains the city’s top executive. When the jury first returned a verdict, only eight jurors could find for Dave Ware, while four backed DuPree’s case. Judge William F. Coleman ...

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Longtime legislator Barnett dies at 86

BROOKHAVEN — Dr. Jim Barnett, a country doctor and longtime state legislator, has died at the age of 86. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Barnett died Friday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services are 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven. Burial will be at Riverwood Memorial Park. A veteran of the Korean War, ...

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Ex-mayor's attorney asks for more time in kickback trial

VICKSBURG — A lawyer for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to postpone his trial because negotiations are ongoing with prosecutors to resolve the case. Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. Attorney Terris Harris mentioned the negotiations ...

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Jurors selected in mayoral election lawsuit in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — It took close to seven hours to pick a jury to hear testimony in a lawsuit contesting the results of the recent Hattiesburg mayor’s election. Now it’s on to opening arguments, with the legal team of mayoral candidate Dave Ware to presents its open statement today at the Forrest County Courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports Ware is contesting ...

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Virginia GOP attacks former GreenTech chairman in heated governors race

TUNICA — New developments in a federal investigation of a program that offers U.S. visas to foreign investors have Virginia Republicans attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and the electric-car firm he headed with a plant in Mississippi and ties to China. The Associated Press reported yesterday that President Barack Obama’s pick for the Homeland Security Department’s No. 2 spot, ...

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Rep. Aldridge, family plead not guilty to grand larceny

TUPELO — State Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents pleaded not guilty to charges that they took property from a relative and converted it to their personal use. Brian Aldridge, a 36-year-old Republican from Tupelo, has been charged with one count of grand larceny. Aldridge’s father, Louis Aldridge, 64, is charged with three counts embezzlement and his mother Janice Aldridge, ...

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Both sides escalate legal fight over Hub City mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — Attorneys for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and candidate Dave Ware continue to trade jabs through legal documents just five days away from the start of the trial over the June 4 election. Attorneys for Ware, who challenged the election results that showed DuPree netted 37 more votes, filed more than 20 subpoenas on Wednesday. Yesterday, The Hattiesburg American ...

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Mayor wants summary judgement in election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked specially appointed Judge William Coleman to issue a summary judgment in his favor in a lawsuit filed by mayoral candidate Dave Ware regarding the June 4 municipal election. The Hattiesburg American reports the motion — filed Monday — states that if Ware’s allegations of voters casting illegal ballots and the mishandling of election ...

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Judge disqualifies would-be councilwoman

GREENWOOD — A Mississippi judge has disqualified Dorothy “Dot” Glenn from joining the Greenwood City Council two days after she was sworn into office. Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ruled Friday that Glenn doesn’t live in the ward from which she was elected and didn’t reside there at the time she applied to run for office. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Lackey ...

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Jury trial challenging mayoral contest set for July

HATTIESBURG — A jury trial is now set for Dave Ware’s challenge of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayoral election. The Hattiesburg American reports specially appointed judge William F. Coleman will preside over the case at 10:30 a.m. July 23 at the Forrest County Courthouse. Additionally, Coleman also set a conference date for 11 a.m. July 8 for both the Ware ...

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