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Mother of dead plant worker files lawsuit, seeks damages

GULFPORT — The mother of a 24-year-old man who died last year during a machinery incident at Omega Protein has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. The suit, filed by Cynthia Hebert, the mother of Christopher Allen Hebert, seeks unspecified damages. The suit was filed April 5 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. No date has been set ...

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Investigators looking at Coast store fire, suspect arson

MOSS POINT— Authorities suspect arson in a fire at a Moss Point convenience store. Fire Chief Clarence Parks tells The Sun Herald  a passer-by saw the fire at the store on Main Street about 4:15 a.m. yesterday and alerted firefighters. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire along with the Moss Point Fire Department. Parks says the building ...

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Storm system leaves death, destruction

SHUQUALAK — A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday one person died and several people were injured after a reported ...

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(UPDATE) Storm system leaves one dead; assessments continuing

SHUQUALAK — Damage assessments were continuing this morning after a deadly tornado and other severe weather pounded Mississippi and other states. In Kemper County, where one person died and five were injured, Emergency Management Agency director Ben Dudley said officials hope to have a better understanding of the amount of damage later today. » Links to tornado footage from Weather ...

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Automaker's workforce to get pay raise this fall

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Nissan says pay will go up by 55 cents an hour for production employees and ...

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City spends triple the budget on auditorium upkeep

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez has spent three times what it has budgeted for maintenance at the City Auditorium for the fiscal year, and Mayor Butch Brown says more will have to be spent before the end of the year. Brown told the city’s board of aldermen the air conditioning units have for several years been “woefully inadequate,” and ...

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Feds wants tax company shut down for multi-state offenses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal prosecutors are seeking to shut down a Memphis-based company on claims it prepared false tax returns in at least three states. The Department of Justice said it is suing Mo Money Taxes and requesting an injunction to stop it from serving as a federal tax preparer. Mo Money Taxes was criticized last year by customers who ...

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Meat packer recalls product, could be contaminated

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A Louisiana meat-packing company has recalled 20,166 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted cooked roast beef deli meat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Manda Packing Co., based in Baker, La., is recalling the meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Food contaminated with the bacterium can cause a serious infection known as ...

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Ex-bank CEO charged with fraud, money laundering

BUDE — The former chief executive officer or a south Mississippi bank has been charged with fraud and money laundering. A criminal information filed in federal court says Larry Barnette Hill was CEO of Peoples Bank of the South in Bude. A criminal information often means a defendant will plead guilty. The document says Hill took money from a payroll ...

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