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Woman accused of submitting false claim for work-related injury

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Coast woman is being charged with insurance fraud, according Attorney General Jim Hood. Paulina Wilkerson, 40, of Pass Christian, turned herself in to authorities at the Harrison County Detention Center following her indictment by a Harrison County Grand Jury on insurance and wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Wilkerson executed a scheme to defraud Colonial Life ...

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Dispute between city, Hosemann over harbor ends

GULFPORT — The dispute between city of Gulfport officials and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann over who controls the harbor in Gulfport is over. Yesterday, city council members voted to sign an agreement between the city and secretary of state that says Gulfport owns all the dry land at the harbor. The dispute has been going on for years, and ...

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MEMA taps True North to develop hazard mitigation plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has selected True North Emergency Management, LLC, to develop a regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for MEMA’s District 3. The jurisdictions include the counties of Bolivar, Carroll, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Washington and Attala. Also included are Kosciusko and the towns of Ethel, McCool and Sallis. The plan is scheduled to be ...

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Pickering praises passage of new auditing legislation

JACKSON — Legislation allowing the State Auditor’s Office to conduct compliance and performance audits on state-funded economic development bond programs has unanimously passed both the House of Representatives and Senate. It is now on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has supported the need for such legislation since his service as state auditor, according to the Office of State ...

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Bill passes requiring more oversight of troubled DMR

BILOXI — A plan to reorganize the scandal-plagued Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and require that it be audited every year is moving forward. House members passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2579 Tuesday, returning it to the Senate for more work. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, persuaded House members to amend the bill, taking out a provision ...

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DMR pays accounting firm more than double contract's worth

BILOXI — The Department of Marine Resources, within months of signing a contract with the firm that conducted a 60-day review of the agency last year, has more than doubled the amount of money the agency will pay. DMR signed a contract in October with HORNE LLP for grant and accounting management assistance, according to documents on the state’s transparency ...

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MEMA earns NWS' StormReady designation

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has become the first state emergency management agency in the nation to earn the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “This is a tremendous designation for the agency, knowing we have the plans and technology in place to protect our staff and the State Emergency Operations Center during weather emergencies.” said MEMA ...

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Grand jury returns indictment against former circuit clerk

VICKSBURG — A Warren County Grand Jury has returned a three-count indictment against Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Palmertree was arrested yesterday by sheriff’s deputies. Pickering says in a news release that Palmertree was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement. A previous indictment from August 2013 was dismissed due to a processing technicality. In ...

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MDOT orders emergency closure of highway bridge

YALOBUSHA COUNTY — State transportation officials have closed a bridge after discovering it could possibly fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the bridge on Highway 51 approximately three miles south of the Highway 32 and Highway 51 intersection in Yalobusha County. During a routine inspection of the bridge, inspectors found signs of possible movement in some of ...

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DMR sends letter to MDA over marine leasing, seismic activity

BILOXI — Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, has sent a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority regarding the state’s process for leasing and seismic activity in Mississippi marine waters. In the letter, Miller said that MDA’s rules do not contradict the Mississippi Coastal Program, but determined the DMR should continue to review any regulated ...

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