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Popular Jackson restaurant owner dies at 64

JACKSON — Hal White, a partner with his brother Malcolm in the popular downtown Jackson eatery and blues club Hal & Mal’s, has died. He was 64. Malcolm White announced his brother’s death yesterday on his Facebook page. Hal White had been in intensive care at St. Dominic Hospital since suffering an aneurysm in his brain Saturday. The Mass of ...

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Governor vetoes bill giving more power to reservoir board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would’ve given municipal powers to the board that operates the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson. Republican Bryant, who lived near the reservoir for more than 20 years, says the bill would’ve given “unlimited taxing authority to an unelected board to provide unspecified municipal services in the leasehold areas of the ...

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Mayor enters plea in federal bribery case

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield pleaded not guilty yesterday to a federal bribery charge that accuses him of seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, wearing a dark suit and red tie, said little during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Jackson other than to give short answers to the judge’s questions. The last time ...

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Civil rights group rallies against bill to arm teachers

JACKSON — Civil rights groups said yesterday that a bill that would provide funding for officers to police schools or arm teachers would ultimately make Mississippi schools more dangerous. Several groups and lawmakers gathered yesterday on the steps of the Mississippi Department of Education building to protest the bill. They included representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, ...

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Forecaster sees active hurricane season in 2013

GULF OF MEXICO — Forecaster William Gray says he expects a very active hurricane season, but he’s not yet giving likely numbers of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes. Gray told hundreds of people at the National Hurricane Conference the first numeric predictions will come out April 10. Gray, head of Colorado State’s Tropical Meteorology Project, says that only development ...

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City manager terminated over consultant controversy

D’IBERVILLE — Michael Janus has been fired from his job as city manager in D’Iberville. The mayor and board of aldermen took the action Wednesday in an ongoing dispute over an agreement that Janus signed with a Pascagoula consulting firm. At a meeting last month, Janus said he never notified the city council about that deal, and he never got ...

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Mayoral candidate's cause of death still unknown

CLARKSDALE — More than a month has passed since Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found dead, but the cause of death remains largely a mystery pending an autopsy report. McMillian’s body was found Feb. 27 in Coahoma County. Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith says the state crime lab is waiting for an investigative report from the sheriff’s office. He ...

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Bank creates half-billion-dollar loan pool for businesses

TUPELO — BancorpSouth is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers. Gov. Phil Bryant appeared with BancorpSouth executives to laud the move today. The officials spoke at the headquarters of C Spire Wireless, citing the eight-story office building as an example of a project made ...

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Navy oceanographic ship christened, launched

MOSS POINT — VT Halter Marine has christened and launched the seventh in a series of new oceanographic vessels for the Navy. The ceremony was held at VT Halter’s shipyard in Moss Point. The U.S. Naval Ship Maury, a T-AGS 66, is named for Cmdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury. Maury was an astronomer, historian, oceanographer and cartographer in the Navy. He ...

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