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Jurors selected in mayoral election lawsuit in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — It took close to seven hours to pick a jury to hear testimony in a lawsuit contesting the results of the recent Hattiesburg mayor’s election. Now it’s on to opening arguments, with the legal team of mayoral candidate Dave Ware to presents its open statement today at the Forrest County Courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports Ware is contesting ...

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Court upholds five-year-old air pollution standard

WASHINGTON — A federal court today upheld a 2008 air pollution standard the Obama administration vowed to strengthen, but later reversed itself and kept in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected arguments that the ozone standard for public health set by former President George W. Bush was either too weak or too strong. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ...

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Faulkner heirs' lawsuit against Sony dismissed

OXFORD — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. District Court in Oxford Faulkner’s hometown. The lawsuit said a character in the movie took a line from ...

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Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to smear the lawyer administering the ...

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Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide to discuss changes to the ...

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Rep. Aldridge, family plead not guilty to grand larceny

TUPELO — State Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents pleaded not guilty to charges that they took property from a relative and converted it to their personal use. Brian Aldridge, a 36-year-old Republican from Tupelo, has been charged with one count of grand larceny. Aldridge’s father, Louis Aldridge, 64, is charged with three counts embezzlement and his mother Janice Aldridge, ...

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Store owners face sentencing for selling counterfeit clothing

HOUSTON — A Chickasaw County couple pleaded guilty this week to selling counterfeit goods. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 46-year-old Willie McMillian and his wife, 47-year-old Sophia Hill McMillian, pleaded guilty to sale and possession with intent to sell goods bearing counterfeit labels or trade-marks. McMillian owned and operated Urban Wear with Hill, where the couple sold a high ...

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Both sides escalate legal fight over Hub City mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — Attorneys for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and candidate Dave Ware continue to trade jabs through legal documents just five days away from the start of the trial over the June 4 election. Attorneys for Ware, who challenged the election results that showed DuPree netted 37 more votes, filed more than 20 subpoenas on Wednesday. Yesterday, The Hattiesburg American ...

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Deadline nears to file claims at troubled cemetery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenlawn Memorial Gardens owner Steve Ragland was laid to rest in the late 1990s. His successors’ clients haven’t rested since. After Ragland died, those who took control of the cemetery collected tens of thousands of dollars from people who prepaid for burial plots, grave markers, crypts and related items and services. According to court records, the cemetery’s ...

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