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Judge to hear petition to block sand drying plant

POPLARVILLE — A Pearl River County judge has scheduled a hearing tomorrow on a petition from some residents seeking to block development of five acres near the construction site of a sand drying plant in Picayune. The Alliance Consulting Group is locating the plant on 30 acres between Nicholson and Picayune. The $30-million plant would service the oil industry, and ...

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BP fails to reach settlement in advance of civil trial

GULF OF MEXICO — BP acknowledged today it had failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week’s civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.’s biggest environmental disaster. Rupert Bondy, the group’s general counsel, said in a statement that settlement demands were “not based ...

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Former court deputy clerk sentenced for embezzlement

INDIANOLA — Former Indianola Municipal Court deputy clerk Tina Parker has been sentenced after previously pleading guilty to embezzlement, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. As part of the plea agreement, approved by Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray, Parker was ordered to repay $35,000 in restitution, $982.50 in court costs, $300 in attorney fees and a $20 bond fee over the ...

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Trial date set for casino's tax-protest hearing

VICKSBURG — Ameristar Casino’s protests over Warren County property tax levies for 2012 and 2013 will be heard Oct. 14 in Warren County Circuit Court. The Vicksburg Post reports the separate lawsuits filed by the casino have been combined by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney. The Ameristar claims in the most recent of the two cases, filed Jan. 4, that ...

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Judge orders county to make back payments to city

CLARKSDALE — A judge has ordered Coahoma County to return the city of Clarksdale about $62,000 — back payments that county’s appears to have been withholding in an annexation dispute. The board of supervisors met Wednesday but left the meeting with board president Paul Peterson telling the Clarksdale Press Register the matter is “ongoing litigation.” Earlier this month, Circuit Judge ...

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Legislation passes that codifies Kemper plant settlement

JACKSON — The state Senate has approved two House-passed bills that codify a settlement between the Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Co. over the company’s Kemper County power plant. Meanwhile, state Supreme Court justices want parties to answer more questions about an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a 2008 state law that would allow Mississippi Power to collect money ...

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Judge accepts Transocean's oil spill agreement

NEW ORLEANS  — A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.’s agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay $400 million in criminal penalties for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo accepted Transocean’s plea and imposed the agreed-upon sentence during a hearing today. The Swiss-based ...

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