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KiOR files for bankruptcy, but Columbus plant isn't included

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly. The company, based in Pasadena, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where it’s incorporated. KiOR defaulted on a loan from Mississippi last week after failing ...

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Court unseals 49-count indictment against ex-Corrections Commissioner Epps

JACKSON — A 49-count federal indictment charges former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, with accepting more than $700,000 in bribes from a Rankin County businessman. The indictment unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson also charges Cecil McCrory of Brandon and says he paid Epps to obtain contracts for himself and other companies. The ...

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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Ex-school superintendent wants restitution payment reviewed

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program ...

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Committee critical of candidate for Hinds County Circuit Court

JACKSON — A committee that oversees state judicial elections is criticizing a candidate for circuit judge in Hinds County, saying he’s improperly being linked to the Democratic Party and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers, and that he’s misleading people into believing he’s the incumbent. The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention released two statements criticizing Ali ShamsidDeen. The ...

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Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty in August. They ...

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Supreme Court rules for Cochran; says McDaniel's challenge came too late

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t revive an election challenge by a candidate who lost a Republican primary to Sen. Thad Cochran. Three justices agreed with Cochran’s attorneys, who said state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to challenge Cochran’s victory in the June 24 primary runoff. A fourth justice, Michael Randolph, sided with Cochran, but for a different ...

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Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and ...

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