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Mississippi man wrongly released from jail shows up to court

GAUTIER — Mississippi officials say a man who was being held on charges he sold 600 pounds (272 kilograms) of marijuana out of his barbecue business voluntarily showed up for a court hearing after he was mistakenly released from custody. FBI agent Mark Hines said agents arrested 55-year-old Carl Alexander May in October after he sold heroin to a confidential ...

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GTR airport sets all-time passenger record

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus set a new record in the month of October for the number of passengers traveling from the airport.  With more than 5,000 passengers boarding flights in October, it exceeded last year’s October total by 25%.  In addition, because of the increased number of travelers the flights were over 90% full. Mike Hainsey, the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Chaos looming for Mississippi government?

And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new Chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic? You know. The board, as usual, set up a search process including a campus advisory committee and a national search consultant. They accepted resumes and screened applicants. They announced a list of finalists, scheduled campus visits, and held initial interviews. Then, seemingly at a ...

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Analysis: Mississippi getting big turnover in state offices

No matter who wins this year’s elections, Mississippi will have its biggest turnover of state government officials in a long time. At least five of the eight statewide offices will have new occupants. Those are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. That is a contrast to 2015, when all eight statewide officials — the three above, ...

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‘Leaving the edge’ Man finds place in fire, exotic cats

By ZACK PLAIR / Commercial Dispatch CALEDONIA — A “flow zone” is a mental state where nothing matters except what you’re doing right then. “Every breath and movement is in sync and you’re just dancing,” Danny Blackman explained. “You feel everything you’re doing, and it just feels right.” Since walking down a cliff in San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean ...

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Expanded health coverage debated in race for insurance post

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s got more work to do as he seeks a fourth term. But Democratic challenger Robert Amos says Chaney is ignoring the most important work he should be doing — advocating for more health insurance for lower-income Mississippians. The state’s chief insurance regulator wouldn’t have the power to expand coverage without support from the ...

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Hughes, Hosemann chart similar paths on schools, Medicaid

Democrat Jay Hughes spent four years in the state House staking out a place as a champion of public schools and teachers, only to end up running against three-term secretary of state Delbert Hosemann, a Republican who’s promising a teacher pay raise every year and progress toward more funding for public schools. Now, as an underdog who’s at a financial ...

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There’s more to this ghost town than old, empty buildings

By BARBARA GAUNTT / The Clarion Ledger RODNEY — A dirt road carries visitors to the heart of a town frozen in time. Dust billowing behind the car settles as it stops at the intersection where Rodney Road turns left, and Muddy Bayou Road — or Commerce Street, as it was back in the day — goes right. Alston Grocery ...

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School counselor cheered on through breast cancer journey

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS Until Kimberly Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, she didn’t realize she had an army at her back. When the Shannon High School counselor had breast cancer surgery on April 1, the school organized a pink out in her honor, calling themselves Johnson’s Army. “I had no idea, no clue,” that so many people would rally ...

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Veteran ranger heading to country’s first national park

By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal Sarah Davis has enjoyed her time in Tupelo and has nothing but praise for the people and environment. “The people are friendly, Tupelo is a great size town with a great location,” said Davis, the chief ranger for the Natchez Trace Parkway. “It’s five hours to the beach and four hours to the mountains. ...

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