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State Farm appeals Katrina-related whistleblower lawsuit ruling

GULFPORT — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury’s finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport also seek a new trial The verdict came in April in a whistleblower lawsuit against the Illinois- based insurer. The lawsuit was ...

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Family of murdered mayoral candidate wants federal investigation

CLARKSDALE — Relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate are renewing their push for a federal investigation amid their complaints that local officials are withholding information about the case. Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian’s nude and battered body was found Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. The case drew national attention after his campaign said he was the first ...

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Ricin-laced letters case going to grand jury

OXFORD — A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others, an FBI agent testified today. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested Saturday at his home in Tupelo and charged with making ricin, the same ...

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Suspect in ricin-laced letters to be in court for detention hearing

TUPELO — The first time James Everett Dutshcke’s name came up in court regarding ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, he wasn’t the man charged in the case. And it was a defense lawyer for the first man to fall under suspicion, not the government, pointing the finger at Dutschke. That was last month, after a 45-year-old ...

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Items from suspect's karate studio test positive for ricin

TUPELO — When poison-laced letters were sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials, it didn’t take long to track down a suspect based on a phrase in one of the letters often used by a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator named Kevin Curtis: “I am KC and I approve this message.” Curtis was soon arrested at his house in north ...

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Grand jury passes on bookkeeper who tried to disappear

HAZLEHURST — A Copiah County grand jury in January failed to indict Linda Gale Reed. Reed’s attorney says if that happens again in June, he’ll petition the court to set her free. “Don’t be surprised if this lady walks out,” attorney John Reeves told WLBT-TV in Jackson. “After the next grand jury meets it will have been eight months, and ...

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Terrorist acts now carry the death penalty with new law

JACKSON — Acts of terrorism will be added to the list of crimes in Mississippi that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2223 this past week. It takes effect July 1. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed while certain other felonies are ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters due in court

TUPELO — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially ...

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Dutschke charged with sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a case of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of James Everett Dutschke, then decided they had the wrong man. Federal authorities arrested Dutschke early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He was ...

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Pastrami and perseverance: Grocer shows American spirit

After days and days and days (etc.) of seemingly endless tragic news, there is an item out of California that should not only put a smile on your face, but also reaffirm your faith in Americans’ ability to persevere — and profit. The story involves a burglary of a grocery store last month in Redding, Calif. The store’s security cameras ...

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