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Have you checked your car's airbags lately?

It’s one thing to traffic counterfeit handbags; it’s quite another to deal in bogus airbags. Yes, airbags — those things that are supposed to save lives in the event of a car accident! Turns out it’s a bigger issue than one might think. Fortunately, some groups are working to remedy the problem with a Mississippian playing a lead role. The ...

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Ware holds slim lead over DuPree for Hub City mayor

HATTIESBURG — Early returns show independent Dave Ware taking a very slim lead over Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree in a special election for Hattiesburg mayor with absentee votes still uncounted. The Hattiesburg American said Ware led 6,848 votes to 6,816 for DuPree with all 14 precincts reporting late last night. It said the race remained undecided with 1,055 absentee ballots ...

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Ex-coroner gets demand for nearly $400K; PERS alerted

UNION COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says special agents have served a demand to former Union County coroner Mark Golding in the amount of $398,418.83. The Auditor’s Office began an investigation on Golding May 28 and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.56, to the Union County Board of Supervisors requesting fees for deaths which he did not ...

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Ex-state lawmaker Thames dies in Jackson at 69

JACKSON — Former state Sen. Billy Thames died yesterday of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 69. Thames’ wife, Ann, said he died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Thames was a Democrat from Mize who served in the Senate from January 1980 until January 2008. He was known for working on agriculture ...

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Son of John Stennis dies at 78 in Jackson

JACKSON — John Hampton Stennis, a lawyer and former state legislator who was the only son of the late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, died yesterday. He was 78. Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis — that ...

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Dems, city ask Justice to monitor special mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Democratic Party and the Hattiesburg City Council have asked the Justice Department to send observers to the city for the Sept. 24 mayoral election. The Democratic Party sent a request to the Justice Department last month. The Hattiesburg City Council last month adopted a resolution also asking for poll watchers. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 37-vote victory ...

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County officials file agreement, vow to clean up voter rolls

WALTHALL COUNTY — This South Mississippi county has agreed to purge the names of ineligible voters from its voter registration roll, including those of any dead people and disenfranchised felons whose names appear. The agreement was filed yesterday in a consent order in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. A Virginia-based conservative group, the American Civil Rights Union, sued two south ...

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Ex-mayor Aultman named to Board of Education

CLINTON — Former Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman has been appointed to the state Board of Education. House Speaker Philip Gunn announced his appointment Monday. He said Aultman will serve as his recess appointment to the board through Dec. 31. Aultman served as mayor in Clinton for 20 years. Gunn says he worked with Aultman while he served on the Clinton ...

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New voters expected in special election for mayor

HATTIESBURG — One thing is likely about the next election for mayor of Hattiesburg: many new voters will be counted. More than 1,500 people had registered to vote by Friday, with noon Saturday the deadline to register for the special election ordered by Judge William Coleman. Darryl Blalock, who supports Mayor Johnny DuPree, registered Tuesday. He tells the Hattiesburg American ...

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One drops out of Hub City mayoral race; throws support to Ware

HATTIESBURG — One of five candidates is withdrawing from the Sept. 24 special election for Hattiesburg mayor. Nathan Jordan says today that he’s no longer interesting in running, and he’s now supporting another independent candidate, Dave Ware. WDAM-TV reports Jordan’s name was left off some ballots in the June 4 regular election for mayor. Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree narrowly defeated ...

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