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Mississippi rep charged with punching wife could be removed

The Mississippi House speaker has lawyers researching how to remove a lawmaker if it’s true that the man punched his own wife and does not resign voluntarily. Second-term Republican Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after deputies were called to his home late Saturday. George County sheriff’s deputies say McLeod was drunk and ...

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Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched wife in face over sex

A police report says a south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn’t undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex. Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. The Sun Herald reports the document was filed with the George County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies report McLeod ...

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Mayor says he’ll personally pay for criminals to leave town

The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he’s willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don’t think they can turn their life around there, he’ll pay for them to move elsewhere. Espy says that’s just part of his plan ...

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Mississippi bank buys another bank for $20 million in stock

One Mississippi bank is buying another for $20 million in stock. Citizens Holding Co., the parent bank of The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia, announced Tuesday that it’s buying Charter Bank of Biloxi. Charter, with four branches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has $161 million in assets. Citizens says the combined company will have $1.2 billion in assets. Regulators and shareholders ...

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Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg. But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising, as ...

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Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a teacher voucher program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, and kept the money flowing for years even though relatively few teachers were using it. The Clarion Ledger uncovered the payments while investigating how state legislators funnel education funding to favored vendors. It reported that Weight ...

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Mississippi city to install additional parking meters

A north Mississippi city will buy 118 new parking meters as it continues to try to manage parking demand in its downtown. The Oxford Eagle reports aldermen have approved the purchase, with meters to be installed after Oxford’s new parking garage opens this fall. The new meters will be slightly farther from courthouse square than current ones. They will cost ...

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Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project. The Mississippi Press reports Ocean Springs is receiving $384,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the East Beach sidewalk. The city will contribute another $96,000, and work could begin ...

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ANALYSIS: Mississippi will pay for career certifications

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have been a failure as a presidential candidate in 2016, but he’s still a success in Mississippi education policy. Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education was a prime mover behind a bill that Mississippi lawmakers passed almost unanimously earlier this year to pay public schools to turn out more career and technical students with ...

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Teenage brothers open seafood market, all on their own

Make no mistake, Drake and Chase Killingsworth are not your typical teenagers. Drake, 18, is a graduating senior at Gautier High School, where Chase, 16, is a freshman. They are also businessmen — successful ones, too. The brothers recently opened Killer Crab Company on Ladnier Road in Gautier. They own and operate two fishing boats and 1,000 crab pots, which ...

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