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Hospital, ambulance company respond to lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital and AAA Ambulance Service have denied any wrongdoing in response to a lawsuit contending they steered patients away from Wesley Medical Center. The Hattiesburg American reports the companies filed their response to the lawsuit this past week in federal court in Hattiesburg. Wesley sued AAA and Forrest General Hospital in April. Both hospitals are in ...

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Doctor gets 13 months in prison for dealing narcotics

COLUMBUS — A doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics. Dr. Mark Burtman of Columbus was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28. In addition to the prison time, he must pay more than ...

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Sentencing postponed for three convicted of chemotherapy fraud

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a doctor and two others convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. That has been pushed back until Dec. 7. Sachdeva founded the ...

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Association: Shrimp processors still face oil spill dilemma

GULF OF MEXICO — With looming legal deadlines related to the 2010 BP oil spill, dozens of shrimp processors along the Gulf Coast face a difficult dilemma, with either decision having the potential to jeopardize the future of their businesses and the region’s seafood industry, according to a leading trade association. All pending claims for damages related to the oil ...

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Ex-attorney wants release from prison during second appeal

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to be released from prison while his appeal of a second judicial bribery conviction is pending. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 66-year-old Scruggs is due for release from his first sentence on Nov. 6. Scruggs is completing his five-year sentence for a 2007 guilty plea to a scheme to ...

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Lawmakers going to court to block NAACP lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are going to federal court to oppose a lawsuit the state NAACP filed over redistricting. The suit seeks to block new state House and Senate districts that were drawn by lawmakers earlier this year and approved by the U.S. Justice Department in September. The suit by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement ...

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Former school officials charged with conspiracy, embezzlement

OLIVE BRANCH — Three former Olive Branch Middle School staff members are facing a single count each of conspiracy and embezzlement after they were indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury. The Commercial Appeal reports former principal Michael McCoy, of Olive Branch, former assistant principal Audrey Phillips, of Memphis, and former bookkeeper Kelli McGowen, of Southaven, are accused of taking ...

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