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Bank employee arrested for embezzlement; faces up to 10 years in prison

COLUMBUS — An Oktibbeha County bank employee has been arrested for embezzling from her employer, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Ashley Smith, 28, of Columbus, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on one count of embezzlement.  The indictment charges Smith with embezzling over $30,000 while working ...

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City mulls the banning of firearms from buildings, parks

NATCHEZ — Natchez is considering a firearms ban for city-owned building and property. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderman Ricky Gray asked city attorney Hyde Carby if the city could post “no firearms” signs at city buildings and parks. Gray said he believes prohibiting firearms on city property would be in the best interest of public safety. Carby says the city ...

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Country of origin labeling law aims at protecting local farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers will be able to make more informed decisions when purchasing certain fish products in Mississippi due to changes in the Mississippi Catfish Marketing Law, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The new law, which went into effective yesterday, requires food service establishments to inform consumers of the country of origin and method of ...

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Who will be on the new charter school board?

JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi’s expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. The state superintendent of education ...

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Health Department awards CONs, one for cost overrun

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for projects at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Hospital. Forrest County General Hospital (d/b/a Forrest General Hospital) received a CON) for an amendment/cost overrun to CON No. R-0808. The original project involved the demolition and renovation to convert adult chemical ...

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Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the program himself, even if lawmakers ...

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County surveyor accused of doing unlicensed work, fraud

NEW AUGUSTA — The attorney general’s office says Billy Eugene Brewer, the surveyor in Greene County, has been charged with performing four surveys on properties in Perry County while being unlicensed and illegally using another surveyor’s name and license. Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that the 69-year-old Brewer was arrested at his home in Leakesville. Brewer ...

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WCU, Tradition unveil health care zone plans

HARRISON COUNTY — William Carey University and the Tradition community intend to create a health care industry zone centered around WCU’s Tradition campus on Highway 67 in Harrison County. At a news conference, Jerry Bracey, dean of WCU’s Tradition campus, congratulated Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs and Sen. Sean Tindell of Gulfport for sponsoring House Bill 722 in the ...

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SoS to watch absentee ballots after complaints

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a thorough review of absentee ballots cast in some cities in the upcoming municipal primary election. This review comes on the heels of several complaints from municipal clerks, elected officials and citizens regarding a high number of absentee ballots cast thus far in the primary. The Secretary of State’s Office ...

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Abortion-inducing drugs now state-regulated

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that regulates the prescription and use of abortion-inducing drugs. He signed Senate Bill 2795, and it becomes law July 1. It says a physician must be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed to end a pregnancy in its early weeks. It also says the woman must have a follow-up physical ...

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