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Mayor's request to have repayment reduced is denied

SOUTHAVEN — A Hinds County judge has denied a request from Southaven Mayor Greg Davis to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. WMCTV in Memphis reports Davis’ argues that his reimbursements followed state law and he had the authority to approve his city travel. Davis’ attorneys have argued it ...

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Road workers uncover dozens of unmarked graves

JACKSON — Workers building a road at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have found 66 unidentified graves. Officials with the medical center say a construction crew found the unmarked human remains over a period from November through March. The graves were found four to five feet below the surface as workers dug down to lay a foundation for a ...

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Governor says proposed budget undercuts Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Top Mississippi Republicans say their opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source — President Barack Obama. The Democratic president released his proposed federal budget yesterday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients. Mississippi has high numbers of ...

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EPA wants more information on proposed port expansions

GULFPORT — The federal government wants environmental studies on three projects related to the expansion of the state Port of Gulfport conducted so the impact on the entire Turkey Creek Watershed can be determined. The Environmental Protection Agency made those comments in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Mobile, Ala. The Sun Herald reports the ...

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Trial of businessman accused of bribing educator rescheduled

GREENVILLE — The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville has been rescheduled for July 22. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marshall Alexander tells the Delta Democrat Times the defense needed more time to prepare for trial. Alexander says Edna Goble’s trial had been set for Monday in U.S. ...

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Lab accused of falsifying testing results to Corp, Stennis

DIAMONDHEAD — Authorities have accused a company of making false statements about concrete tests it was hired to do for NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories LLC, based in Diamondhead was charged in a criminal information in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. A criminal information often means ...

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Faulkner heirlooms going up on auction block

OXFORD — It’s a literary treasure trove. William Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Legion d’Honneur medal presented to him by France in 1951. Faulkner’s Nobel handwritten acceptance speech draft. All in an estate package that includes 26 letters and postcards sent by Faulkner, 25 leather-bound columns of the author’s work and manuscripts of “The Trapper Story,” ”Vision in ...

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Commissioners want more info on gas utility's plan

JACKSON — Regulators want to look again at an Atmos Energy Corp. plan to raise connection charges and cut rates for natural gas. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted for more study, with commissioners expressing concerns about raising bills for people who use little natural gas in summer. Dallas-based Atmos wants to raise monthly connection charges by $2 a month ...

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Company to expand pipe plant; investment could reach $50M

HERNANDO — A German pipe maker is expanding in North Mississippi, announcing it will spend $30 million to $50 million on a pipe finishing facility in Hernando and create 70 new jobs. Schulz Xtruded Products is the Mississippi division of Wilh. Schulz GMBH, based in Krefeld, Germany. SXP has a plant in Tunica County that manufactures stainless-steel pipes for the ...

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Entrepreneur hoping for 'something big' from reality show

MCCOMB — Scott Johnson has a lot on his calendar. The 46-year-old owner of Chilly Willy’s — a sno-ball stand, restaurant, bar and concert hall — is busy preparing to defend his business in a chancery court lawsuit, a misdemeanor criminal trial in justice court and a noise ordinance violation charge in municipal court. The business has been the scene ...

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