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US: Mississippi (News/Activism)

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  • DeSoto Co. asks EPA to alter ozone listing

    02/16/2012 1:55:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald ^ | February 16, 2012
    HERNANDO, Miss. -- DeSoto County has formally objected to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to list it as "nonattainment" on ozone levels. DeSoto County officials also want the EPA to abandon a "misguided" proposal to list the county with Memphis as falling short on ozone standards. In December, EPA announced a proposal to include parts of DeSoto with Memphis, which has ozone emissions above allowable limits set by federal regulation. The plan would include urban areas of DeSoto County and Crittenden County, Ark., in the Memphis ozone "non-attainment" area. Ozone non-attainment could impair industrial recruitment by requiring prospective firms to...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Mississippi Most Conservative State, D.C. Most Liberal

    02/03/2012 1:37:18 PM PST · by Islander7 · 39 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | Feb 3, 2012 | by Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Mississippi remains the most conservative state in the union, and, along with Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama, is one of four states with 50% or more of its population identifying as conservative. At the other end of the ideological spectrum, 40% District of Columbia residents and 30% of Massachusetts residents identify as liberal; all other states have a liberal population of 26% or less.
  • Miss. Supreme Court To Take Over Pardons Case (Feb 9)

    02/02/2012 4:49:04 AM PST · by WKB · 9 replies
    WAPT ^ | 2-1-12 | Staff
    JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments next week about whether several pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour violated the state constitution. In a ruling issued Wednesday, the state high court granted a request from attorneys representing four pardoned former Governor's Mansion trusties to move the case from the Hinds County Circuit Court. Attorney General Jim Hood has argued that pardons issued by Barbour, including those granted to convicted murders David Gatlin, Charles Hooker, Anthony McCray, Joseph Ozment and convicted robber Nathan Kern, violated a state constitutional requirement that notice be posted for 30 days in...
  • Murder Victim's Family Disputes Barbour's CNN Comments (Came to the Aid of 200 Convicts)

    01/29/2012 10:00:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    WLBT ^ | Jan 29, 2012 | Warren Strain
    Friday, former Govenor Haley Barbour went on CNN and defended his pardon and sentence modification of more than 200 state convicts. He was asked specifically about the pleas of a Rankin County family to be heard before the pardon of the murderer of their loved one. Barbour says his lawyers met with the family two years before the release. But family members say they didn't know the killer was working at the mansion until a year ago. "So there would have been no way we could have met with him two years ago. We have had no contact with any...
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch 5

    01/22/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 194 replies
    NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center ^ | 1/22/12 | SPC office
    EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON FROM 520 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER... THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS. THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF DYERSBURG TENNESSEE TO 25 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF GREENVILLE MISSISSIPPI. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5). REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND...
  • Haley Barbour pardons: Why were the forgiven so disproportionately white?

    01/21/2012 7:59:23 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 21, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    The sheer number of pardons handed out by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour – over 200 – left many Mississippians in shock. What may not have been so surprising is that white prisoners were four times more likely than black ones to get the gubernatorial benefit of the doubt. Out of a total of 222 acts of clemency given by Barbour during his tenure – 156 of which Attorney General Jim Hood has subsequently argued may be constitutionally invalid because of public notice violations – two-thirds benefited white prisoners. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the state's prison population is black. On its...
  • Suspect arrested in failed armed robbery(MS)

    01/19/2012 8:08:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    picayuneitem.com ^ | 18 January, 2012 | Jeremy Pittari
    PICAYUNE — An attempt at an armed robbery failed when the suspect met with resistance from the business owner. Investigation into the crime led to the arrest of 28-year-old Stephen Joseph Kendrick after review of business surveillance video, said Capt. Chad Dorn with the Picayune Police Department. Kendrick was charged with attempted armed robbery. Officers with the department received a call on Friday from the owner of a gas station located at the intersection of Beech Street and Jackson Landing Road. Witnesses stated that just after 10 p.m. Friday a man, later identified as Kendrick, entered the store and walked...
  • Missouri court rejects warrantless DWI blood test

    01/17/2012 4:31:51 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 72 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 17, 2012 | None Listed
    The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out the results of a blood test on an unwilling suspect in a routine drunken-driving stop, ruling the officer should have obtained a judge’s warrant for the test.
  • Barbour Speaks Out (on pardons) Video at Link

    01/14/2012 11:51:13 AM PST · by WKB · 26 replies
    WJTV 12 ^ | 1-13-12 | Staff
    Video at link After 12 sec ad.
  • Barbour defends controversial pardons as based on the Christian belief in forgiveness

    01/14/2012 3:27:06 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 102 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 13th, 2012 | AP
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers, in his last days in office, telling Fox News that Mississippi is predominantly Christian and believes in forgiveness. The pardons have set off outrage among some victims' families and prompted a judge to block the release of some of the pardoned inmates out of concern that proper notification rules were not followed. Barbour told Fox News that any problem with paperwork was an accident on the part of corrections officials, who needed to...
  • Miss. court halts quick release of some pardoned

    01/12/2012 7:35:11 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | Jan. 12, 2012 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood said he believes Barbour might've violated the state constitution by pardoning some inmates who failed to give sufficient public notice that they were seeking to have their records cleared.
  • Hood: Some Barbour Pardons May Violate Constitution

    01/11/2012 4:16:23 PM PST · by WKB · 23 replies
    WAPT ^ | 1-11-12 | Staff`
    JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said he is taking legal action in response to pardons issued by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Hood said a court battle is ahead over five inmates Barbour pardoned on Friday. All five men served as trusties at the Governor's Mansion. Four of the five had been convicted of murder. During a news conference on Wednesday, Hood said Barbour violated the state Constitution because the pardon requests from the inmates were not published 30 days in advance, as required. State law requires that before the governor can grant a pardon, sufficient public notice...
  • Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers

    01/10/2012 3:09:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/10/12
    Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killersmsnbc.com staff and news service reports updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago JACKSON, Miss. — Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago. Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them over the weekend that the convicts were to be released this past Sunday. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who weighed a presidential run last year...
  • On way out, Mississippi governor pardons murderers

    01/09/2012 8:08:38 PM PST · by Baynative · 77 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/9/12 | Robbie Ward
    STARKVILLE, Miss., Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday.
  • Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons four killers

    01/09/2012 6:18:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 1+ views
    CNN.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday. David Gatlin, Joseph Ozment, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray received full pardons and were released at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor's mansion, she said. "It is at any governor's discretion," said Singletary. Gatlin was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a residence, she said. Ozment was convicted of murder, conspiracy and armed robbery...
  • Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer

    01/09/2012 11:45:04 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9 Jan 2012 | Holbrook Mohr
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's pardon of a convicted murderer who worked as an inmate trusty at the Governor's Mansion came two weeks after the man was denied parole by a state board. A letter to one of the victims in the case said the Mississippi Parole Board turned down 40-year-old David Gatlin on Dec. 27. The letter, dated Jan. 4 and obtained by The Associated Press, did not explain why the Parole Board rejected Gatlin's parole request. It said he was due for another parole hearing in October. Shannon Warnock, chair of the parole board, didn't...
  • Toronto sex-store purchase outs Mississippi mayor

    12/19/2011 4:25:59 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 21 replies
    QMI Agency ^ | December 19, 2011
    The Republican mayor of a Mississippi city was forced to admit he is gay after he submitted a receipt from a Toronto sex shop that calls itself "your favorite gay store in Canada" to state auditors amid a spending scandal. Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, has been under investigation for the expenses he charged to the city on both his city-issued and personal credit cards, the Commercial Appeal newspaper reports. Last week, Davis, 45, submitted his receipts to auditors to try to reduce the roughly $170,000 auditors have demanded he repay the city for improper charges. Among the receipts,...
  • Miss. Mayor Reveals He is Gay…After Visiting Gay Sex Shop on City’s Dime

    12/17/2011 11:41:59 AM PST · by trumandogz · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via the Blaze ^ | 1.17.11 | Greg Davis
    A conservative Mississippi mayor has said he is gay after an audit showed he had the city pay for a wide range of personal expenses, including a visit to a gay sex store in Canada. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis revealed publicly for the first time Thursday that he is gay, and said he has struggled to keep his sexuality from affecting his public role as mayor of Mississippi’s third-largest city.
  • No. 2 EMCC to take on No. 1 Arizona Western Saturday for NJCAA Football Championship

    12/02/2011 9:47:26 AM PST · by NerdDad · 15 replies
    EMCC Athletics ^ | 01 December 2011 | Staff
    SCOOBA – With the national championship of junior college football at stake, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College travel to Yuma, Ariz., to meet the home-standing and top-ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College Saturday afternoon in the El Toro Bowl – presented by Time Warner Cable. Kickoff for the 2011 NJCAA Football Championship at AWC’s Veterans Memorial Stadium is slated for 2:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. CT). With video and audio production services provided by Meridian-based Prep Sports Network Now (www.psnnow.com), in conjunction with the NJCAA and Arizona Western College, Saturday’s national championship contest is scheduled to be...