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  1. Lamar County Wins Dispute with PHWDRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 20 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The Mississippi Supreme Court says Lamar County is not required to provide financial support to the Pat Harrison Waterway District beyond the date of its withdrawal from the district. The district argued contractual obligations with a trio of federal agencies that created the district's eight water parks remained with each of Pat Harrison's 15 member counties "into perpetuity."


  2. Hattiesburg Mayor Files for Stay on Appointees' OrderRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 11 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked the 12th Circuit Court to stay a ruling that required him to submit any remaining administrative candidates for approval, pending his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. In response, The Hattiesburg American reports city council members, Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley, have asked that a stay not be granted, and argued that the appeal to the Supreme Court is not appropriate because a final judgment has not been rendered.


  3. MDOC Task Force Seeks Public InputRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the group in November after former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory were indicted on federal corruption charges tied to prison contracts. The two men have pleaded not guilty and await trial in April.


  4. Councilmen Want Time Frame for DuPreeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Two Hattiesburg councilmen have asked for a modified court order that would require Mayor Johnny DuPree to bring forward administrative candidates within 30 days. The Hattiesburg American reports Robert Gholson, attorney for City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley, filed a motion Thursday, asking that Special Judge L. Breland Hilburn modify an order he issued last week that required DuPree to bring forward directors for any city department that has not been confirmed by the City Council.


  5. Mississippi to Use More Detailed State Budgeting ProcessRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Mississippi lawmakers say they're moving toward performance-based budgeting, a system requiring state agency leaders to set clear goals and provide detailed information about whether programs are working. Republican Rep. Toby Barker of Hattiesburg said Wednesday that the system is being phased in a few agencies at a time.


  6. Similar Dancing Events Will Raise Funds for Local Non-Profit AgenciesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: "Dancing Like The Stars" to benefit CareLodge Domestic Violence Shelter Friday, December 5th Frank Cochran Center, Meridian 6:00 Doors Open 7:00 Events Begin Tickets are available for $35.00 or $50.00 at the Door or Call 482-8719. Tickets can also be purchased at 5th Street Deli, The Nelson Center for Women, Poplar Springs Animal Hospital, The Vein Center Of Rush, and Elegance Ballroom, all in Meridian.


  7. Three Plead Guilty to Voter FraudRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The Hattiesburg American reports the pleas were entered this past week in Forrest County Circuit Court by Alethea Michelle Shaw, Carmon Yvette Anderson and Joseph Lee Anderson. Prosecutors say Shaw was cited for voting in the June 4, 2013, general election even though her legal residence was listed in Lamar County outside Hattiesburg city limits.


  8. Hattiesburg Councilmen Sue MayorRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Councilmen Kim Bradley and Carter Carroll asked a Forrest County circuit judge to make DuPree submit nominations to the council. The Hattiesburg American reports that 12 top city jobs are vacant, including police chief, city attorney and seven Municipal Court positions.


  9. EMBDC Town MeetingRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Attracting jobs was the talk of the town as the largest economic development agency in East Mississippi sponsored a town hall meeting Wednesday. Almost 100 members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation gathered for the meeting.


  10. Mississippi Voters Deciding Senate RaceRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Mississippi voters are deciding whether to keep Republican Thad Cochran for a seventh term in the Senate. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.


  11. O'Hara Says Unseating Cochran His GoalRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Senatorial candidate, Shawn O'Hara, has run a low-budget campaign to this point. But he made a campaign stop in Meridian Thursday to talk about his candidacy.


  12. O'Hara Positions Self as Senate Protest VoteRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Shawn O'Hara has a perfect record in Mississippi politics, a string of more than a dozen losses over the past 25 years in races for mayor, congressman, senator or governor. The Hattiesburg resident is running a low-budget campaign as the Reform Party candidate for Senate.


  13. Fourteen Mississippi School Districts Sue over UnderfundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Fourteen Mississippi school districts have filed suit against the state, seeking repayment of amounts they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years.


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