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Billboards showed wrong election date for Mississippi

Some billboard messages have been removed in Mississippi because they urged people to vote on the wrong election date. WAPT-TV reports that the billboards in Jackson said the election is Nov. 16. The correct date for Mississippi is Nov. 5. Kamari Guthrie is spokeswoman for a nonprofit, nonpartisan group called vote.org. She says the organization ordered the vinyl covers for billboards, ...

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Mississippi city residents questioning utility bill changes

A coastal Mississippi city’s residents are worrying about the growing cost and sporadic delivery of their utility bills. People in Gulfport say they’re seeing spikes in what they owe and billing cycles for water, sewer and garbage collection that cover differing lengths of time beyond the usual 30 days. Loretta Howard told The Biloxi Sun Herald that she received a $213 utility ...

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Mississippi band plays impromptu show from hot air balloon

A Mississippi band playing at Natchez’s annual hot air balloon festival played an impromptu concert from a balloon soaring above the festival site. Two members of hometown band Bishop Gunn went for their first ride in a hot air balloon Saturday. To celebrate the occasion, the Natchez Democrat reports that lead singer Travis McCready and guitarist Drew Smithers played a guitar and ...

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Mississippi man sentenced in boat crash that killed teenager

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fatally crashing his boat into a 19-year-old woman who was setting crab traps on a bayou. Judge Larry Bourgeois delivered 47-year-old Eugene Butler Jr.’s sentence on Monday for manslaughter in the 2016 boat crash that killed Vanessa Mauffray. Hancock County officials said Mauffray was crabbing with her boyfriend on Bayou ...

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Court clerk once again accused of not filing needed records

Four Mississippi judges say a Stone County court clerk hasn’t filed sentencing, probation and commitment orders in at least 36 cases. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports the circuit judges have ordered Jeffery O’Neal to appear in court Tuesday and explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt. This isn’t the first time O’Neal has been ordered to appear in court to ...

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Mississippi Wildlife Federation taps Smith as executive director

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) has named veteran conservation advocate, public policy expert and attorney Ashlee Ellis Smith as its executive director to chart the future growth and success of the organization. Smith, who has more than 16 years of conservation advocacy, government affairs, public policy and legal expertise, has a bold vision for growing and enhancing MWF’s conservation work ...

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Mississippi police: Officer broke policy in fatal shooting

A Mississippi police officer recently cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting is facing internal discipline for failing to turn on his body camera’s audio. Moss Point police Chief Brandon Ashley says Sgt. Lancen Shipman violated policy when he didn’t turn his camera’s audio on until after he fatally shot 27-year-old suspect Toussaint Diamon Sims. Ashley says Shipman thought he’d hit the button, ...

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Analysis: Republicans show unity, but only some Democrats do

Mississippi Republican candidates are at least making noises about supporting each other for statewide offices this year. Most Democrats, however, are not campaigning as a unified ticket. The tone starts at the top, with Democratic nominee for governor, Attorney General Jim Hood, running his own campaign and pointedly not stumping for the party’s other nominees. On Oct. 10, Hood debated ...

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Julian Miller joins FormanWatkins

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP has announced the addition of Julian D. Miller to their Jackson office. Miller graduated cum laude from The University of Mississippi School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was a staff writer for Harvard Political Review, as well as Remix Magazine. While at Harvard, Miller was a Ron Brown ...

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Better experience at Merit Health Madison key for UMMC surgery patients

Like hundreds of Mississippians, Harry Miggins is on dialysis while waiting for the kidney transplant that will greatly improve his quality of life. But pending that, several of his vessels have been widened and strengthened to make it easier for his blood to flow to and from a dialysis machine. Dr. James Wynn, University of Mississippi Medical Center professor of ...

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