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Ex-mayor denies misusing of Southaven city funds


JACKSON — A former mayor accused of spending city money on trips, shopping and marriage counseling was authorized to use the funds and did nothing wrong, his attorney said Wednesday. The attorney for former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis told the state Court of Appeals that Davis doesn’t have to pay back $73,000 because they were for his travel and training. ...

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Truck driver wins Dem nomination for Mississippi governor

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant poses with his grandson Henry Snell after winning his Republican primary, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Bryant defeated Mitch Young, a Navy veteran from Sumrall who ran a low-budget campaign. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has $2.8 million in his campaign fund, and his Democratic challenger in the November election is a truck driver who reported spending no money so far and who said he didn’t even vote in Tuesday’s primary. Robert Gray won the Democratic primary for governor over two candidates — Vicki Slater, a trial lawyer ...

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Pickering and Butler vie for GOP nomination for auditor

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photograph, Mary Hawkins Butler, a nine-term mayor of Madison, who is also a Republican candidate for Mississippi auditor, speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. Butler sharply criticized second-term state Auditor Stacey Pickering on his use of campaign money to pay for travel, vehicles and a garage door. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Stacey Pickering says he’s as aggressive a state auditor as Mississippi has ever had. His challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Mary Hawkins Butler, says that’s not enough. Pickering is touting his record as he seeks a third term in the office that oversees the finances of state and local government. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Democrat ...

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Auditor demands former Pontotoc County clerk pay money back

JACKSON — Mississippi state auditor Stacey Pickering has demanded nearly $14,000 from a former Pontotoc County employee after noticing a shortage in a county account. Pickering says the county’s former Deputy Chancery Clerk Allison Stegall owes the county $13,934.97. Pickering’s office issued a statement Tuesday claiming cash paid by taxpayers on land redemption releases was taken before it was accounted ...

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Tommy Robertson indicted on five counts of embezzlement

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence announced today that former State Senator Tommy Robertson has been indicted on five counts of embezzlement, which are alleged to have occurred in April of 2013.  Robertson, 59, is accused of using his position as board attorney for the Singing River Federal Credit Union to embezzle $484,092 of loan ...

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Former Greenville Parks Commission director sentenced

State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that Yvette Yeager, a former employee of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, has been sentenced to ten years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Yeager previously plead guilty to one count of embezzlement on October 1, 2014. Yeager’s sentence will be carried out as follows: two years of intensive supervised ...

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Pickering to look over Singing River's finances

PASCAGOULA — The state auditor’s office is going to review the finances of Singing River Health System. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a statement that his office was taking up the task at the request of the hospital management company and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. What that financial review will entail hasn’t been worked out yet. Singing ...

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Ziegler's sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will begin making payments of $1,000 ...

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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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