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Former DMR manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

BILOXI — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. WLOX-TV reports District Attorney Joel Smith said Tina Shumate admitted to signing false documents related to DMR travel on two separate occasions and receiving money for repayment of expenses that were not actually incurred. Circuit Court Judge Roger T. Clark sentenced Shumate to two ...

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Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Mississippi — A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff. The state Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County. McDaniel demands that a judge either ...

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Court ruling on Section 42 leaves taxpayers on hook for tax repayments

JACKSON — While some 14 Mississippi counties owe Section 42 housing developers millions in over-charged taxes, Hinds County’s taxpayers are not exposed to such refunds as the tax assessor has levied assessments according to the state law. Tax Assessor Charles Stokes said Hinds County taxpayers can rest assured his office has calculated property taxes appropriately. “It’s the law and we ...

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State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers yesterday ...

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McDaniel to file formal challenge to loss to Cochran in primary

ELLISVILLE — A campaign spokesman said tea party-backed Chris McDaniel will file a lawsuit today to challenge his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Spokesman Noel Fritsch said yesterday the circuit court lawsuit will be filed in McDaniel’s home of Jones County. Today is the deadline for such a challenge to be filed. The Mississippi Supreme Court ...

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Mississippi Center for Legal Services celebrates 40th anniversary

JACKSON — The Mississippi Center for Legal Services will celebrate its 40th anniversary tomorrow at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson. A reception for honorees will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner and the program will follow at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Major General Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi. ...

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Lightning strike forces delay in abortion clinic hearing

JACKSON — Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A court clerk approved the extension yesterday, giving the state until ...

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State to receive $35M from settlement with Pfizer

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $532,675 part of a $35 million settlement with a Pfizer Inc. subsidiary over the marketing of an organ-transplant drug. Mississippi and 41 other states are involved in the settlement with Pfizer, the parent company of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. The deal resolves allegations Wyeth misrepresented the uses of the drug Rapamune. A statement from Mississippi Attorney ...

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