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Newspaper's bid to get DMR records continues

BILOXI — The Sun Herald is arguing in court documents that the state’s attorneys have failed to follow the law for sealing a court record. Henry Laird, who represents the newspaper in a long running dispute over access to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources documents, argues the law requires notice to the public and a hearing to decide whether secrecy ...

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New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director's criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally assigned to the cases. Guirola ...

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Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five former MDMR employees were indicted ...

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Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over whether the documents were exempt ...

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MDMR uses sonar to identify debris in bay

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has identified a large piece of concrete near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge after using a sidescan sonar in the area Wednesday. Staff in the Marine Fisheries and Marine Patrol departments found a piece of concrete about 15 feet long that is two feet below the water’s surface, as well as some rebar. ...

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Newspaper headed to court over opening of MDMR records

BILOXI — A Gulf Coast newspaper will be in court Wednesday for a hearing on its request to get access to more records from an audit of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The Sun Herald sued the agency and State Auditor Stacey Pickering in January seeking MDMR spending records. The Sun Herald requested records of the MDMR’s Katrina relief ...

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