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Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues

ABERDEEN — A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now pending in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Officials have said an electrical short sparked the fire that burned ...

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Attorney pleads guilty to defrauding two banks, court

BILOXI — A Coast attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard Colson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. His ...

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Judge to weigh Hood's credit card issuer lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge in Mississippi has been ordered to decide if Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against six credit card issuers should remain in U.S. District Court in Jackson. If the judge rules there is no federal issue to resolve, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the lawsuit should return to state ...

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Ex-tax preparer pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

COLUMBUS — Federal court records say a former tax preparer from Columbus has pleaded guilty in a fraud case. Cynthia H. Carter was indicted in March on 17 counts. A federal court had already barred Carter from preparing federal tax returns for others. She pleaded guilty in in U.S. District Court in Oxford to one count of making fraudulent claims. ...

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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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Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by the claims administrator’s office didn’t ...

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Judge re-schedules ex-mayor's bribery trial for next month

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has rescheduled the trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield to Sept. 30. Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial had been set to begin earlier this week, but attorney Terris Harris asked for a ...

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Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to smear the lawyer administering the ...

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Attorneys ask judge to allow oil spill payments to continue

NEW ORLEANS — A team of plaintiffs’ lawyers urged a federal judge on Thursday to reject BP’s bid to suspend all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. In a court filing, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn’t provided any evidence ...

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