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Federal court panel denies telecom's appeal

RIPLEY — A federal court panel has ruled against Dixie-Net Communications Inc. in its appeal of an adverse ruling over in-state fees. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by a Mississippi federal judge against Ripley-based Dixie-Net, a telecom business. At issue was whether calls made under AT&T’s Area Calling Plan and Area Plus ...

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Fight over controversial movie theater continues

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch community remains in the lurch about whether a controversial movie theater will be constructed near its homes. The Commercial Appeal reports the developer has filed an appeal in DeSoto County Circuit Court about Board of Aldermen decisions he said are preventing a theater from being developed near Wedgewood subdivision. A second potential site for ...

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Ex-bank teller to repay $117K, gets jail time for theft

PICAYUNE — A former teller at a Picayune bank has been ordered to repay more than $117,000 she helped steal from the bank’s vault over a year’s time. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also sentenced 43-year-old Debra Mitchell, of Carriere, to six months in prison, six months of house arrest and two years of post-release supervision. The Sun Herald reports ...

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Appeal of lawsuit against 'King of Torts' authors reinstated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. In 2011, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and a publishing company. The lawsuit alleged Dawson, a ...

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Man accused of stealing bowling money to get intervention

HERNANDO — A Mississippi businessman, accused of embezzling prize money from bowling leagues at the Southaven bowling center he owns, will go through pretrial intervention. It’s a program for first-time nonviolent offenders, instead of going to trial. The Commercial Appeal reports 71-year-old Tommy Hart must repay the nearly $47,000 in prize money to the four bowling leagues at his Cotton ...

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City asks court to toss redistricting lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a group that says the city’s redistricting plan dilutes black voting strength. The U.S. District Court lawsuit asks for a court injunction against the use of the plan in municipal elections. The city’s response denies that allegation, saying that the city admits a history ...

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