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Family of murdered mayoral candidate wants federal investigation

CLARKSDALE — Relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate are renewing their push for a federal investigation amid their complaints that local officials are withholding information about the case. Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian’s nude and battered body was found Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. The case drew national attention after his campaign said he was the first ...

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Cities getting new mayors; still counting in Vicksburg

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Several Mississippi cities are getting new mayors, after yesterday’s party primaries knocked some incumbents out of contention. Jackson voters opted for change, as Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. placed third in the Democratic primary. Businessman Jonathan Lee and attorney Chokwe Lumumba advanced to the May 21 runoff General elections are June 4, and mayors take office July 1. ...

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Some incumbent mayors starting to look for new job today

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Most Mississippi cities elect mayors this year, and party primaries yesterday narrowed the fields of candidates. Primary runoffs are May 21. The general election is June 4, with mayoral terms beginning July 1. A candidate must win 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff, and otherwise the top two vote-getters advance. In Vicksburg, The Vicksburg Post ...

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Police no longer shadowing Wicker due to ricin letter

TUPELO — The security team of Capitol Police assigned U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is no longer keeping tabs on him outside his Tupelo home or when he travels. The security was ordered for the Mississippi Republican after a letter containing ricin and addressed to his office was intercepted. Wicker told a Tupelo civic club Friday that authorities were keeping the ...

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Councilman says donation is legal, won't repay money

TUPELO — A city councilman, who is running for re-election, says he will not return a $250 donation from Waste Management Inc. because there was nothing illegal about it. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan accepted a $250 contribution in February from Waste Management, which currently picks up trash for the city. With the contract expiring ...

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SoS to watch absentee ballots after complaints

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a thorough review of absentee ballots cast in some cities in the upcoming municipal primary election. This review comes on the heels of several complaints from municipal clerks, elected officials and citizens regarding a high number of absentee ballots cast thus far in the primary. The Secretary of State’s Office ...

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House 'uninhabitable' after search in ricin-laced letter case

CORINTH — Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others are encouraged after speaking with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office about repairing or replacing the man’s house after an intensive search left it uninhabitable. Christi McCoy, an attorney for Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator, said yesterday that ...

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House race lures four Coast candidates — for now

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — It looks like there’s going to be a four-candidate race May 28 for the state House of Representatives District 95 seat. The deadline to qualify for the special election to fill the seat held by the late Rep. Jessica Upshaw was yesterday, a state holiday. A spokeswoman with the Secretary of State’s Office tells The Sun ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters due in court

TUPELO — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially ...

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