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Pardon files missing on former Governor's Mansion trusties

JACKSON — Pardon files are missing or don’t exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion and were pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days in office. The Associated Press made public records requests for such documents, but state officials said yesterday they don’t have them on the trusties ...

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Green delays decision on invalidating Barbour's pardons

JACKSON — A Mississippi judge yesterday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor. The office of Attorney General Jim Hood said it had been deluged with motions and documents from lawyers representing current and former inmates and that it needed more time to ...

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Hood preparing fight to keep $17M from settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi’s effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Alper Ozinal, spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells the Clarion-Ledger the agency had received Hood’s extension request ...

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Architect's concerns stop police station construction

WAVELAND — Construction has been stopped on the Waveland’s new police station. Mayor David Garcia tells the Sea Coast Echo the work stoppage is only temporary. City attorney David Yarborough says the architect for the project raised a couple of concerns about some of the construction and recommended the work stoppage. “The architect and contractor are trying to straighten out ...

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Man charged with practicing unlicensed medicine

OXFORD — An Oxford man has been freed on bond after being arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Agent-in-charge Keith Davis, agent-in-charge with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit, tells the Oxford Eagle 50-year-old Mukund K. Patel has been charged with eight counts. Davis says the investigation is continuing. Patel has been free on $2,000 bond. No trial date ...

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Choctaws, investigators looking into credit card thefts

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI, local law enforcement agencies and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are looking into a security breach in a credit card processing systems at the Pearl River Resort in Neshoba County. The tribe reported the problem. Philadelphia Police Chief Richard Sistrunk said all victims had one thing in common — each had used their debit cards ...

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Governor, AG spar over Medicaid settlement

JACKSON — The federal government says Mississippi must turn over $17 million of a $20 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Attorney General Jim Hood told The Clarion-Ledger the state doesn’t owe anything, because the companies paid the federal government under separate settlements. “I will sue to stop (them) from double-dipping,” Hood said Tuesday. “This office ...

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Man charged in online hay-selling scam

WESSON — A Wesson man has been charged with selling hay over the Internet. Authorities say the problem is James Darin Hoffman had no hay. Copiah County chief investigator Milton Twiner told The Clarion-Ledger Hoffman was freed on $50,000 shortly after his arrest Nov. 29. Twiner said Hoffman allegedly been selling hay to farmers in Texas through a website called ...

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Hood warns of scammers using Magic Jack

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers of a scam that appears to be surfacing in Mississippi. The scam being recently reported to the Attorney General’s Office is a combination of the long-existing “emergency” and “phone spoofing” scams. In the emergency scam, the caller leads you to believe that there is some existing emergency that requires you ...

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