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Doctor's murder-for-hire trial date rescheduled

GREENWOOD — A federal court hearing for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder has been rescheduled for Jan. 25 for U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Dr. Arnold Smith was scheduled to be in court yesterday to argue prosecutors had no evidence to support bringing charges against him. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of ...

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Court rules with city in zoning dispute with developer

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sided with the city of Natchez in a zoning dispute with a developer. The dispute stemmed from the city’s denial of a request from Dallas-based Roundstone Development, LLC to rezone 25 acres for single-family homes. The company planned to build 65 single-family homes on nine acres, leaving the remaining 17 acres open land. ...

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Supreme Court declines to hear forester's appeal

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen ...

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Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse. The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9 Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed ...

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Newspaper sues state agency to get financial records

BILOXI — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to get access to some financial records. The Sun Herald reports it filed suit in Harrison County Chancery Court. The Sun Herald is seeking a judge’s order compelling MDMR to produce the records. The newspaper also asked for a hearing on the lawsuit to be held ...

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County court to require electronic filing next month

BRANDON — Rankin County Chancery Court will become the latest in the state to require electronic filing of court records as part of a years-long effort to bring Mississippi’s legal community into the digital age. Beginning Feb. 4, Chancery County Clerk Larry Swales tells The Clarion-Ledger anyone filing civil court documents in Rankin County must scan and email them rather ...

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Lawsuit challenging city's spending headed to Supreme Court

STARKVILLE — A lawsuit challenging how the city of Starkville is paying for infrastructure improvements is making its way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Starkville Daily News reports local resident William McGovern has appealed a chancellor’s ruling in favor of Starkville’s municipal facility construction plan to the Supreme Court. Chancellor Jim Davidson threw out McGovern’s lawsuit on Dec. 18. ...

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