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County wins in court in lawsuit challenging bond issue

MERIDIAN — A judge has ruled that Lauderdale County did nothing wrong in the handling of a $14-million bond issue. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the ruling yesterday. If there is no appeal, the board of supervisors can move forward on the bonds. The county plans to fund recreational projects and improvements to the courthouse. Plaintiffs argued the board should ...

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Ex-teller pleads guilty to stealing more than $200K

WIGGINS — The former lead teller of the Bank of Wiggins has admitted embezzling more than $200,000. The Sun Herald reports 38-year-old Veronica Morse pleaded guilty yesterday before Judge Larry Bourgeois in Stone County Circuit Court. Bourgeois ordered Morse returned to jail pending sentencing on Thursday. Bank employees began noticing suspicious activity in late 2012. Morse was charged with skimming ...

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Fight between property owner and city goes to appeals court

MADISON — Property owner Mike Crook’s fight with the city of Madison over an ordinance he claims is designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb has made its way to the state Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are set Oct. 15 in Jackson. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. City officials say ...

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BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget request by at least $25.5 ...

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Judge weighing decision in bond issue petition

MERIDIAN — A judge will decide whether Lauderdale County officials erred in not calling an election on $14-million bond issue after a petition was filed by opponents. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux heard arguments yesterday from county officials and opponents to the bond issue. Primeaux said he would rule later on whether the June approval of the bond issue is valid. ...

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Shipbuilder reaches $180M settlement with insurer for Katrina losses

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries and its insurer have reached cash settlement for $180 million for the shipbuilder’s losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at facilities in Pascagoula and Avondale, La. The Mississippi Press reports that the information was contained in a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Sept. 6, the company reached a settlement with ...

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Former city contractor pleads guilty to bank fraud

SOUTHAVEN — A former contractor with the city of Southaven has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he made false statements to an area bank to get money from a loan for drainage work at a subdivision that his development company never built. The Commercial Appeal reports it took 53-year-old James Harris, of Hernando, just 25 minutes to enter ...

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Ex-Vicksburg mayor to get change-of-plea hearing

VICKSBURG — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16 for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield, who is charged in federal court with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. In an order filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III scheduled the change of plea hearing for 10:30 a.m. in federal court ...

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Lawyers for man accused of sending ricin-laced letters ask off case

ABERDEEN — Federal public defenders George L. Lucas and Gregory S. Park have asked a judge to replace them as attorneys for James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, who is charged with mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and others. The two, in federal court documents filed yesterday, cite an undisclosed conflict with another client in the public defender’s office. A ...

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Brown has supporters for federal court post

By Patsy Brumfield / The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal TUPELO — Mississippi’s likely next federal district jurist admits she’s been a judge only for the state’s High School Mock Trial Competition. People who know Debra Marie Brown say she’s plenty ready to don the black robe. Brown, 49, of Jackson, isn’t a judge yet — she merely lacks consent from ...

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