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  • Gingrich woos Mississippi voters by drilling Obama

    03/09/2012 8:25:31 PM PST · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    SacBee ^ | Friday, Mar. 09, 2012 | GEOFF PENDER
    GULFPORT, Miss -- GULFPORT, Miss. - Newt Gingrich ... was more than an hour late Friday because he detoured his campaign bus to film a Mississippi natural gas rig so he could show it to President Barack Obama. ... "Now I ask all of you ... Where does the president think natural gas comes from? ... It comes from drilling. So we went out today - they're working on it on the bus right now - and made a film of a drilling rig in Mississippi to introduce the president to how they find natural gas." ... he quoted the...
  • Gingrich atop poll of Republican voters in Mississippi(Poll Demographic Info Included)

    03/09/2012 3:25:34 PM PST · by Red Steel · 66 replies · 5+ views
    cbs ^ | March 9, 2012 1:51 PM | Corbett B. Daly
    UPDATED 1:58 p.m. ET(CBS News) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is leading Mitt Romney in the latest poll of likely Republican primary voters in Mississippi, where voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose the candidate they want to take on President Obama in November.Gingrich garnered 35 percent support in Mississippi, compared to Romney's 31 percent in a poll released Friday by American Research Group, Inc. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 20 percent while Texas Rep. Ron Paul received just 7 percent.Gingrich, who won his home state of Georgia three days ago, has said Mississippi and Alabama are must...
  • "Morning, y'all." Romney seeks acceptance in South

    03/09/2012 1:50:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | JACKSON, Mississippi | Fri Mar 9, 2012 3:18pm EST | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is laying it on as thick as a syrupy Southern drawl as he tries to court the South, a region that has been unkind to him in the past and may soon turn its back on him again. "Morning, y'all," Romney told a campaign rally on Friday in Jackson, Mississippi. "I got started this morning right with a biscuit and some cheesy grits," he joked. The former Massachusetts governor is admittedly the underdog in Mississippi and Alabama, two stalwarts of the Old South where Republicans vote in primaries on Tuesday to decide which...
  • Romney, eyeing knockout, opens up 8-point lead in Mississippi poll

    03/09/2012 12:13:50 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 39 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 03/09/12 01:14 PM ET | Justin Sink
    Mitt Romney might have drawn jeers for joking that he was embracing "grits" and saying "y'all" ahead of next Tuesday's Deep South primaries, but if his lead in Mississippi holds, Romney might be able to credit the Magnolia State with locking up his nomination. The former Massachusetts governor was the choice of 35 percent of likely Mississippi primary voters according to the latest Rasmussen poll, released Friday, good enough for an 8-point lead over Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator earned the support of 27 percent of voters, tied with Newt Gingrich for second place. Ron Paul rounded out the...
  • Polls show slight Gingrich edge in Ala., Miss.

    03/09/2012 9:40:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 9, 2012 | Daniel Malloy
    MERIDIAN, Miss. – A pair of new polls are giving hope to Newt Gingrich’s Deep South strategy, as he stresses religion and steps up attacks on rival Rick Santorum. The former U.S. House Speaker leads in Mississippi according to an American Research Group poll out Friday morning has Gingrich leading with 35 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 31 percent and Santorum at 20 percent. A Rasmussen Poll of Alabama shows a dead heat: Gingrich at 30 percent, Santorum at 29 and Romney at 28. ......Santorum is best known as a strident social conservative, but while representing...
  • Poll: Gingrich on top in Mississippi

    03/09/2012 9:00:30 AM PST · by Red Steel · 140 replies
    cnn ^ | March 9, 2012; 4 minutes ago | Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is edging out his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in Mississippi, according to a new poll. The American Research Group survey of likely Republican primary voters released Friday showed Gingrich with 35% support, followed by Mitt Romney with 31%, Rick Santorum with 20% and Ron Paul with 7%. Gingrich's margin over Romney increased slightly among those who said they will definitely vote in the March 13 primary, 37% to 30%. Santorum garnered 17% support and Paul received 5% among the same group. The poll was conducted after Super Tuesday, when each of the GOP White...
  • 2012 Alabama Republican Primary: Gingrich 30%, Santorum 29%, Romney 28%, Paul 7%

    03/09/2012 8:57:37 AM PST · by unspun · 39 replies
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | March 9, 2012 | Scott Rassmussen
    Alabama Republicans are up to bat next, and right now it’s a near three-way tie going into next Tuesday’s primary. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Alabama finds Newt Gingrich barely ahead with 30% support to 29% for Rick Santorum and 28% for Mitt Romney. Texas Congressman Ron Paul trails with seven percent (7%) of the vote. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and six percent (6%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court rules Barbour pardons valid

    03/08/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by WKB · 12 replies
    WLB ^ | 3-8-12 | Satff
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled some pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour are valid. Republican Barbour pardoned 198 people before finishing his second term Jan. 10, including four convicted murderers and a robber who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor's Mansion. Of those pardoned, 10 were in jail at the time. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood challenged the pardons. Hood argued before the Supreme Court on Feb. 9 that some pardons didn't meet the requirements of the Mississippi Constitution, which says people seeking pardons must publish notices for 30 days in a newspaper....
  • In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race [Romney Advisers:"Act of God" To Deny Him]

    03/07/2012 10:00:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 08, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race By NBC's Andrew Rafferty JACKSON, Miss. -- Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich's candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination. "You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate. I ask you here tonight to stand with me," Santorum told a crowd of 300 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Wednesday. "If we win Mississippi, this...
  • World War II planes will bring past to life (Gulfport, MS)

    03/07/2012 4:49:35 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | March 7, 2012 | By MICHAEL NEWSOM
    GULFPORT -- World War II era combat aircraft will land this afternoon and be here for three days, giving locals a chance to climb aboard them and look around as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. They’ll also be seen in the skies above South Mississippi over the next three days as locals can buy rides on the historic planes. The tour will feature a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24J Liberator and a North American P-51 Mustang, which will land at 2 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation and remain there until Friday at noon. Locals will get...
  • Covington Co.(Ms.) student handcuffed at school...for missing class

    03/01/2012 8:55:49 PM PST · by WKB · 14 replies · 48+ views
    A Covington County couple is outraged because their 11-year-old son was handcuffed in front of his classmates by authorities. Angela and Christopher Thompson of Mount Olive say their son was handcuffed and escorted out of his 5th grade classroom by a Covington County Sheriff Deputy for missing too many days of school. Angela Thompson says "We are not disputing the fact that the children have missed days. My son got off the bus in tears, crying. I thought maybe he was joking, he said no mama they handcuffed me and took me out. How come I wasn't notified. How come...
  • Israeli-American joins Sons of Confederate Veterans

    02/25/2012 3:44:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 64 replies · 1+ views
    sunhearald.com ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | PRISCILLA LOEBENBERG
    Arieh O’Sullivan left South Mississippi in 1981 to join the Israeli army. He has made a life as a journalist and olive farmer in that country, but holds tight to his Southern heritage in ways that sometimes perplex his friends, co-workers and even his mother. On Wednesday, he further tightened his connection to the region of his birth by taking the oath of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at Beauvoir. O’Sullivan, who holds dual American and Israeli citizenship, is proud of the service given by his great-great-grandfather, Alabama Calvary Lt. George A Johnson. In the oath administered by Wallace Mason...
  • Gingrich changes plans from one day in Mississippi to two

    02/24/2012 12:41:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
    BILOXI -- GOP candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has changed his plans for a one-day trip to Mississippi and now plans two trips, one on March 8 and one on March 12 before the state’s March 13 primary. The March 12 trip will include at least one, perhaps multiple, stops on the Coast, said Scott Brewster, Gingrich’s “grassroots” coordinator for Mississippi. The first trip will likely include stops in Tupelo, Southaven and Jackson. He said more details should be available early next week. On Thursday, the campaign had announced a one-day trip to Mississippi on March 8, starting...
  • Three Jackson Police Officers Arrested for Accepting Bribes

    02/22/2012 4:55:03 PM PST · by Larry381 · 16 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | February 21, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi
    JACKSON, MS—Monyette Quintel Jefferson, 27, Terence Dale Jenkins, 25, and Anthony Ricardo Payne, Jr., 25, all Jackson Police Department patrol officers at the time of the offense, have been arrested for accepting bribes to protect what they believed to be drug transactions following an undercover operation, U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen announced today. On June 25, 2010, an undercover FBI agent, posing as a drug dealer, met with Officers Monyette Quintel Jefferson and Anthony Ricardo Payne at Metro Center Mall to discuss their protection of a shipment of cocaine that was coming into...
  • Commander prepares for sub commissioning in Pascagoula (USS Mississippi)

    02/22/2012 3:46:16 AM PST · by Islander7 · 9 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | By MARY PEREZ
    PASCAGOULA -- Navy Capt. John McGrath spent three days this week meeting with officials in Mississippi in preparation for the June 2 commissioning of the USS Mississippi submarine in Pascagoula. The commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit, McGrath was scheduled to meet with Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell, the Mississippi Commissioning Committee and NROTC units and faculty from the University of Mississippi and University of Memphis, according to the Navy. The commissioning of the $2 billion submarine was moved to Pascagoula after the Navy had concerns about the channel depth in Gulfport.
  • Commander prepares for sub commissioning in Pascagoula (USS Mississippi)

    02/22/2012 3:31:12 AM PST · by Islander7 · 1 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | By MARY PEREZ
    PASCAGOULA -- Navy Capt. John McGrath spent three days this week meeting with officials in Mississippi in preparation for the June 2 commissioning of the USS Mississippi submarine in Pascagoula. The commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit, McGrath was scheduled to meet with Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell, the Mississippi Commissioning Committee and NROTC units and faculty from the University of Mississippi and University of Memphis, according to the Navy. The commissioning of the $2 billion submarine was moved to Pascagoula after the Navy had concerns about the channel depth in Gulfport.
  • Another Newt Gingrich 'comeback' on the horizon?

    02/16/2012 3:23:16 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/15/2012 | Greta Van Sustern
    GINGRICH: No. It just means that we're going to have to pick up all those delegates in late May, just before the California primary, when we hope to pick up more delegates out here. That still means that on super-Tuesday, we're looking at Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, we're looking at Ohio. It means the week after super- Tuesday, we're looking at Alabama and Mississippi. Now, we have hopes that we're going to keep picking up delegates everywhere and continue. This race is going on for a long time, I think. And what Texas moving back means, combined with California being in...
  • 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...
  • Woman Wins Fight To Keep Lighted Peacocks On Roof (Christmas lights Gestapo in Madison, MS)

    12/02/2011 4:52:51 AM PST · by TSgt · 24 replies
    WAPT ^ | December 1, 2011 | WAPT
    MADISON, Miss. -- A Madison woman will be able to keep her Christmas decorations after all. Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler said on Wednesday that her office was flooded with complaints about the lighted peacocks on Wanda Cheeks' roof. "I'm not going to run from that or hide from that when residents call us. This was a plea from residents asking that something be done," Hawkins-Butler said. Cheeks said the ornaments were special to her. "I love Christmas, and when I first seen them, the first thing I hollered, 'It's different. It's nice. It's lights. It's Christmas. Hey, I've got to have...
  • MPD Says Burglar Shot and Wounded Friday(MS)

    11/26/2011 4:53:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    wtok.com ^ | 25 | NA
    Meridian police say a burglar was shot by a homeowner Friday morning. Officials say the resident arrived home between 10:30 and 11 a.m. to find someone in his house in the 2400 block of 37th Avenue. Police spokesman Mike Vick said the homeowner fired once, injuring the suspect in the hand. "There was an additional person of interest outside the home that is being questioned now," said Vick. "And charges are pending on both of those individuals." Vick said he can't release the suspects' names until they are formally charged with burglary.
  • 10 Most Depressing States

    11/17/2011 9:13:31 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Health.com ^ | 15 November 2011 | Staff
    States of mind On its own, where you live isn't enough to make you depressed. Personal circumstances and genes also play an important role in mental health, so an area that feels like a downer to one person may be home sweet home to another. That said, mental distress is unusually and persistently common in some states, whether due to economic troubles, lack of access to health care, or other factors. Using data from federal health agencies, Health.com has identified the 10 states with the highest rates of depression, psychological distress, and other indicators of poor mental health. Here they...
  • 15 Hurt in Miss. as Storm System Hits Southeast

    11/16/2011 11:39:51 AM PST · by LibertyRocks · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 16, 2011 | Associated Press
    A strong storm system that produced several suspected tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least 15 people were injured in Mississippi. Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Four homes were damaged in western Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. It was the worst bout of weather for that state since about 250 people were killed during a tornado outbreak in April. < SNIP >
  • GOP takes over Mississippi State House for first time since Reconstruction

    11/14/2011 6:35:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies
    The Republic.com ^ | 11/14/11 | Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3. Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated incumbent Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House. Also Monday, Perry County officials finished counting votes in House District 105, where Republican Dennis DeBar Jr. beat Democrat Dale Kimble and independent Latricia Cornelson in a seat formerly...
  • (MS)GOP Declares Victory: Majorities in House & Senate

    11/12/2011 9:37:49 AM PST · by WKB · 9 replies
    MS REP PARTY ^ | 11-9-11 | (MS)GOP Declares Victory: Majorities in House & Senate
    JACKSON – The Mississippi Republican Party has issued a statement declaring victory in the race for a majority in the State House and State Senate, as well as the Public Service and Transportation Commissions. “Republicans made history in Mississippi yesterday, electing majorities in the House and Senate for the first time in 140 years,” said Arnie Hederman, Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. “While some races have yet to be called and our majority could still grow by a few seats, the outstanding ballots cannot change the fact that Republicans will hold a majority of seats in the House and...
  • Life, Death, and Law in Mississippi

    11/12/2011 8:54:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    The morning after this month's relatively quiet (for most of us) Election Day, story after story arrived celebrating a pro-life defeat. "Mississippi Wins for Women!" The Daily Beast exclaimed. "Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian 'Personhood' Initiative," the National Organization for Women declared. "Our victory in Mississippi has already sent a strong message to extremists who will stop at nothing to outlaw abortion," the American Civil Liberties Union explained. Mississippi's personhood amendment, seeking to amend the state constitution's legal definition of a "person" to "include every human being from the moment of fertilization," lost at the ballot box....
  • State Representative Donnie Bell switches to Republican Party (Mississippi)

    11/11/2011 5:44:46 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NEMS Daily Journal ^ | 11/11/11 | Bobby Harrison
    JACKSON - District 21 state Rep. Donnie Bell of Fulton, re-elected to the state House Tuesday with 58 percent of the vote as a Democrat, announced Friday morning he had switched to the Republican Party. Bell said he switched because he could do more to help his district as a Republican since the party will control state government after Tuesday's election. Republicans won the governor's office and will hold majorities in the House and Senate. The Republicans will hold a majority in the House for the first time since the 1800s. "I am still Donnie Bell," he said Friday morning....
  • The Real Thanksgiving - You will really enjoy this

    11/11/2011 7:39:24 AM PST · by Scythian · 41 replies
    Charles Kuralt ^ | Charles Kuralt
    You might have to turn your volume up a little. Charles Kuralt tells the story, an amazing story ... This is worth watching folks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adsc6kW1Spk
  • State Senator Gray Tollison of Oxford jumps from Democrat to Republican (Mississippi)

    11/10/2011 6:48:14 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies
    Sun Herald.com ^ | 11/10/11
    Longtime state Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford is switching from Democrat to Republican. The state Republican Party announced the change Thursday. Republicans already held the majority in the 52-member Senate. With Tollison's switch, the GOP will hold 31 seats and Democrats will hold 21. Republicans will hold a three-fifths majority - the margin needed to pass revenue bills. Tollison was elected Tuesday to his fifth term. His north Mississippi district includes all of Lafayette County and parts of Tallahatchie and Yalobusha counties. In mid-September, state election commissioners removed Tollison's Republican opponent, Todd Wade, from the ballot because Wade couldn't prove...
  • Pro-aborts, homosexual activists have same goal

    11/10/2011 1:23:42 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    One News Now ^ | 11-10-11 | Charlie Butts
    A pro-family advocate finds it odd that a group of homosexual activists has admitted to working to help defeat Mississippi's personhood amendment on Tuesday. In an announcement released the day after the vote, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund admits to sending activists to Jackson, Mississippi, to help with a phone bank and "stand in solidarity" with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other abortion proponents. Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) thinks it was a peculiar alliance, since homosexuals cannot procreate. "This is a group that works hand-in-hand with so-called 'sexual freedom advocates,'...
  • White House praises defeat of abortion amendment

    11/09/2011 10:15:19 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:44 AM EST | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — White House officials are praising the defeat of an anti-abortion proposal in Mississippi that would have defined life as beginning at conception. President Barack Obama's spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the vote was a victory for women and families.
  • Election Measures Against Unions, Abortion Defeated

    11/08/2011 10:06:17 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/09/2011 | Mary Wisniewski
    Reuters) - Controversial ballot measures aimed at banning abortion in Mississippi and reducing public sector union power in Ohio were soundly defeated on Tuesday in local elections that cheered President Barack Obama's Democratic party.