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Court dismisses Eaton's claims involving Peters, DeLaughter

JACKSON — The Supreme Court of Mississippi, in a unanimous en banc decision, has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of all of Eaton’s claims against the Triumph Group Inc, its subsidiary, Triumph Actuation Systems LLC and certain employees, according to Triumph. In upholding the dismissal, the Court concluded that the evidence clearly and convincingly showed that Eaton knew that its ...

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Dutschke accused of trying to frame Curtis for ricin letters again

TUPELO — A Mississippi man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been charged with trying for a second time to frame the man first arrested in the case — this time, by having someone else send a poisoned letter. James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters ...

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Anti-fraud group names Rose Cancer Center investigation year's best

SUMMIT — The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) has presented its Investigation of the Year Award to a team of federal and state agencies and a Medicare Part C health plan that together helped uncover a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme committed by now-convicted Mississippi physician Meera Sachdeva. The joint investigation into the treatment and billing practices of Meera ...

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Hercules asks judge to allow EPA to address city's complaints

HATTIESBURG — Hercules Inc. and its parent company have asked a federal judge to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to address complaints raised by the city of Hattiesburg in its lawsuit that alleges improper disposal of harmful chemicals in its facility. The city sued for damages from what it has called decades of pollution from the Hercules plant site, which ...

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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire wants judge removed from case

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove a judge appointed to preside over his case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the latest twist in the case came after Judge Breland Hilburn denied another request to recuse himself and levied sanctions on Smith’s attorney, William Bell. In Supreme Court documents, ...

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Ex-mayor to be sentenced for bribery; faces up to 10 years in prison

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is scheduled for sentencing today in a federal bribery case. Winfield pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say he sought $10,000 in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as mayor this year and lost ...

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George Zimmerman arrested after disturbance call

APOPKA, Florida — Officials say George Zimmerman has been arrested in Florida. A Seminole County Sheriff’s Office statement says Zimmerman was arrested Monday afternoon after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando. Zimmerman will be transported and booked into jail. The statement provided few other details, and it was not ...

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Strike two for Farish Street development — Two developers at odds on what unfolded but agree success can be achieved

Both John Elkington and David Watkins took stabs at transforming a downtown portion of Jackson’s historic Farish Street into an entertainment district. Each of the developers hit dead ends, Elkington in 2008 and Watkins earlier this fall. Neither has lost faith that the street can become the entertainment and cultural draw they set out to make it. Any success that ...

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Ex-school superintendent gets jail time for bribery

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for bribery related to a $1.4 million reading program for children. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months Wednesday for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board ...

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