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Assistant tax collector put on leave days after arrest

An assistant tax collector indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government has been placed on administrative leave. News outlets report Harrison County Tax Collector David LaRosa says 53-year-old Denise Renee Gill had her last day at work Wednesday. The Sun Herald reports Gill was arrested July 15 and briefly returned to work at the tax ...

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Mississippi sales tax holiday begins, includes school items

Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through midnight Saturday. For the first time, in addition to clothing, the state won’t be charging its 7% sales tax on school supplies. That includes backpacks, lunchboxes, calculators and textbooks in addition to pencils, pens, paper, scissors and crayons. Like with clothing and footwear that were previously part of the holiday ...

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Slain Ole Miss student recalled as a ‘beautiful soul’

Friends of a slain University of Mississippi student say she was “beautiful soul” with a positive attitude during a vigil outside her former high school in suburban St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 100 people gathered Thursday outside Lindbergh High School where they passed around a microphone to share memories of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Friend Casey Hendrickson ...

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Photo of armed students at Emmett Till sign is investigated

A photograph of three University of Mississippi students posing with guns beside a bullet-pocked and oft-vandalized historic marker to lynching victim Emmett Till has sparked a possible federal investigation and suspensions of the three by their fraternity. The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting first published a story about it Thursday, saying the image had circulated on the men’s social media ...

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NASA engine test for Space Launch System to be in Mississippi

NASA says it will conduct the “Green Run” rocket testing campaign for the new Space Launch System rocket at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Officials say when completed, the SLS will be “the world’s most powerful rocket” and is the linchpin within NASA’s Artemis deep space exploration program, which hopes to bring American astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

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Citizens Bank reports drop in net income for second quarter

MBJ staff Citizens Holding Co. reported net income of $1.37 million, or 28 cents per share, for the three months ending June 30. That is a decrease of $318,000 from a net income of $1.69 million, or 35 cents per share for the year-earlier quarter.  Total assets as of June 30 increased to $1.03 billion, up $75.4 million, or 7.9 ...

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First Bancshares to acquire Florida bank in $85 million deal

MBJ staff The First Bancshares Inc., the Hattiesburg-based holding company for The First, announced this week an agreement to acquire First Florida Bancorp, Inc., parent company of First Florida Bank, in a cash and shares swap deal worth $85 million. First Florida had approximately $451 million in consolidated assets, $255 million in loans, $387million in deposits and $48 million in ...

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Cotton House hotel opens in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House will hum and speak the language of the South on this, the first, weekend for the luxury hotel in downtown Cleveland. The Mississippi Writers Guild will hold a conference at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, one of several groups that will draw people to Cleveland with its 95-guestroom hotel. That will give the hotel a ...

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Analysis: Reeves, Hood focus beyond Mississippi primaries

The two candidates with the most money in the Mississippi governor’s race — Republican Tate Reeves and Democrat Jim Hood — are largely ignoring their party primary opponents and are concentrating, instead, on the November general election. That’s changing soon for Reeves. He’s scheduled to take part in a televised debate Tuesday with the other two Republicans who will be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will humdinger primary finally yield a Republican attorney general?

The last and only Republican to hold the office of Attorney General in Mississippi was George E. Harris back in 1877. As Republicans began their surge to take over statewide offices in the early 1990s, Mike Moore and Jim Hood easily held on to the position for Democrats. Odds are that’s about to change. Even when Republicans took over all ...

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