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Court sides with hospital over CON for psychiatric unit

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a decision that allows a Vicksburg hospital to open a 20-bed adolescent psychiatric unit. The Mississippi State Department Health granted River Region Medical Center a certificate of need in 2011 over the objections of Diamond Grove Center of Louisville, Miss. River Region planned to put the unit on a vacant second floor ...

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Sentencing delayed for woman who bilked investors

FAYETTE — A 53-year-old Natchez woman faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of two counts false pretense in Jefferson County. The Natchez Democrat reports Emily Sanders was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but the sentencing was delayed because her attorneys could not be present. Sanders was arrested in March and charged with embezzlement under contract for ...

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Judge approves college's purchase of country club

COLUMBUS — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved East Mississippi Community College’s acquisition of the Columbus Country Club. EMCC was the only bidder at $1.6 million. EMCC officials tell The Commercial Dispatch the school will use the property to expand its course offerings and relocate programs from crowded campus in Mayhew. The country club, which opened in 1923, filed Chapter ...

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Black supervisors ask judge to toss redistricting lawsuit

JACKSON — The four black elected supervisors in Mississippi’s most populated county asked a federal judge yesterday to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of improperly using race as a consideration in redrawing voting districts. The lawsuit against the black members of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors was filed Sept. 19 in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Phil Fisher, ...

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Ex-employee pleads not guilty to stealing $200K+

ABBEVILLE — An Abbeville woman has been indicted on embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing more than $200,000. The Oxford Eagle reports that the indictment alleges Valerie Harmon took $20,267 between March-November 2011 while she was an employee for Action Collections, which was owned by the law firm where she worked as a notary. A second count on the indictment alleges ...

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Court upholds conviction of ex-mortgage broker Persac

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former mortgage broker Michael Persac Persac and former broker Jason Ellis were convicted in 2011. They were both ordered to prison and were ordered to forfeit more than $3 million and pay more than $781,000 in restitution. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ...

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Black dancers bring discrimination lawsuit against strip club

JACKSON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against a Mississippi strip club that it says discriminated against black dancers. The lawsuit alleges that Danny’s Cabaret in Jackson forced black dancers to work less lucrative shifts than whites, subjected them to arbitrary fees and fines and excluded them from advertisements promoting the company. Danny’s, which bills ...

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Hosemann to Justice: People have spoken on voter ID

JACKSON — In response to the Department of Justice’s request for more information about the new state voter identification law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the people of Mississippi have already spoken to whether the law is discriminatory or not. In a statement, Hosemann said: “The Department of Justice has requested information from the Attorney General as to whether ...

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