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Mississippi funding fence to keep animals off runways

Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base. A Navy official said the state’s job-creation agency, Mississippi Development Authority, has offered a grant to pay for the barrier at Naval Air Station Meridian. The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom ...

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School clinic offers health and dental services in Meridian

A new clinic on a school campus is providing health care for students, teachers and others in east Mississippi. The clinic was unveiled Dec. 11 at Carver Middle school in Meridian. It is open to students, faculty and the community, the Meridian Star reported. The clinic is the second to open under a partnership between the Greater Meridian Health Clinic and the ...

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Veterans to get more access to Mississippi Navy base

Some military veterans and their caregivers will soon have more access to a Mississippi Navy base. A policy change at Naval Air Station Meridian that’s new for 2020 will mean that approved veterans can apply for authorization to shop at base commissaries and Navy Exchange stores, The Meridian Star reported. They’ll also be able to take part in morale, welfare and ...

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Agency had previous contact with family of child who died

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services says it received seven calls between 2014 and 2017 about the family of a Meridian boy with special medical needs. But the agency says it had no contact with the family after 2017 until the boy was reported missing this year. The 5-year-old boy, Jakie Toole, was found dead in a basement in ...

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Mississippi city council confirms new school board member

A Mississippi city council confirmed a new school board member on Tuesday. The Meridian City Council voted 4-1 to appoint Ron Turner to the Meridian Public School District Board, news outlets reported. Turner currently serves as the executive director of the city’s housing authority. Ward 4 Councilwoman Kim Houston voted against the appointment. Houston said she knew Turner would do ...

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Burst of attention after antique store worker finds grenade

One old object is attracting an explosion of interest at a Mississippi antique store. Emergency personnel swarmed the Meridian store Tuesday after an employee found a hand grenade inside a box. Officials told local news outlets that they weren’t sure of the origin of the device or if it was real, but were treating it as if it were explosive. ...

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Charges dropped against homeowner in Mississippi boy’s death

Authorities in Mississippi dropped have neglect charges against the owner of a home where a 5-year-old boy was found dead in September. The boy’s caregiver remains charged with capital murder, and his mother with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The body of Jakie Toole was found Sept. 11, wrapped in a bag in the basement of Alicia Thames’ ...

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Parents sue Mississippi official over shared autopsy photos

Parents of a late 21-year-old Mississippi man are suing a city official they say invited the public to view autopsy photos of their son and discuss the case. The lawsuit by Todd and Rae Andreacchio filed Tuesday accuses the chief administrative officer of Meridian of invading their privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, according to The Meridian Star. Such efforts by Richie ...

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Meridian store owner sentenced for selling spice, counterfeit goods

A Meridian man will spend eight years in prison after being found guilty on numerous charges related to the sale of counterfeit goods and possessing more than 30 grams of spice, Attorney General Jim Hood announced. Abdulkhaliq Mohammed Murshid, 40, was sentenced Thursday by Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Charles Wright on one count of selling counterfeit goods, one count ...

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Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is cleaned, the Meridian Star reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and representatives of a Multistate Trust held public ...

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