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Second phase of BP oil spill trial comes to an end

NEW ORLEANS — Two weeks of courtroom debate over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after BP PLC’s 2010 rig disaster has concluded, marking the end of the second phase of a trial over the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers. Government experts estimate 176 million gallons spilled into the Gulf. BP attorneys have urged U.S. ...

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Ex-Southaven mayor's trial concludes; no ruling likely until 2014

SOUTHAVEN — Testimony concluded in a civil lawsuit against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but a ruling isn’t likely until next year. The 47-year-old Davis is being sued by Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering for allegedly misusing more than $170,000 in city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Davis has repaid $96,000 but still owes Southaven taxpayers $73,915.17, including interest ...

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Ex-Southaven mayor's trial to resume today

SOUTHAVEN — After a five-month recess, the civil trial of former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is set to resume in Hinds County Chancery Court in Jackson. The civil trial centers on Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering’s efforts to recover more than $70,000 the state alleges Davis still owes for questionable personal expenses including trips, shopping and counseling charged to his credit ...

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Doctor charged with murder-for-hire to see psychiatrist

GREENWOOD — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s ...

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Doctor charged with trying to kill attorney back in court

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is scheduled to be in court in Greenwood today for a hearing on the progress of his mental evaluation. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Dr. Arnold Smith has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital since June. Smith’s trial has been indefinitely postponed. Smith is charged ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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County wins in court in lawsuit challenging bond issue

MERIDIAN — A judge has ruled that Lauderdale County did nothing wrong in the handling of a $14-million bond issue. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the ruling yesterday. If there is no appeal, the board of supervisors can move forward on the bonds. The county plans to fund recreational projects and improvements to the courthouse. Plaintiffs argued the board should ...

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Court to hear agruments over city/clinic dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court will referee a dispute between the city of Ocean Springs and a mental health clinic that wants to locate in the coastal city. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case for Sept. 16 in Jackson. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that the city erred in denying ...

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Hearing set to begin next month in lawsuit over county bonds

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments Sept. 10 in a lawsuit challenging the county’s plan to borrow $14 million for courthouse renovations and for three recreational facilities. The county board of supervisors voted in June to issue the bonds. WTOK-TV in Meridian reports that a lawsuit against the bond issue was filed this summer in chancery court. ...

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Ex-mayor's lawyer petitions judge for more time in bribery trial

VICKSBURG — An attorney has asked federal judge to reschedule the bribery trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield. The trial had been scheduled for Sept. 30, but was recently changed to Sept. 23. Winfield’s lawyer, Dennis Sweet, said in a court filing Monday that he has another engagement and wants the trial moved back to Sept. 30. Winfield is ...

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