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USM faculty get rare learning opportunity

As a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, Linda Hanson often attends conferences and workshops to brush up on her craft. But she rarely gets the opportunity to engage in the kind of training she is currently undergoing with 29 of her peers — an eight-week program designed to greatly expand her use of evidence-based ...

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Hearing set in lawsuit filed by fired university professor

A hearing has been set in the lawsuit brought by fired professor Daniel Browning against William Carey University, President Tommy King and the board of trustees. The Hattiesburg American reports a hearing on the defendants’ motion to dismiss King and the board of trustees will be Dec. 16 in Forrest County Circuit Court. Browning filed a complaint Sept. 8 against the defendants ...

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2 charged after ammo reported missing from Camp Shelby

Two Mississippi National Guard members face charges for allegedly taking ammunition from Camp Shelby. News outlets in Hattiesburg report that 23-year-old Adam Spiers of Carriere (CARE-ear) and 26-year-old James Lofton of Beach were arrested Sunday. Each is charged with one count of embezzlement/theft of government property. It was not immediately clear whether either is represented by an attorney. Forrest County Jail records ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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18-year-old wins election commissioner seat in Mississippi

An 18-year-old is expected to take office in January as Forrest County’s next District 1 election commissioner. Local media reports that teenager Tyler Wood beat out incumbent Charlie Phillips during the Tuesday balloting. Wood, who’s a student at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, says he’ll be up to the job despite his age. He says it’s not about how old ...

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Southern Miss suspends Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity

A fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi has been suspended after an unspecified incident during an event at the group’s house. Southern Miss spokesman Jim Coll tells The Hattiesburg American that Sigma Alpha Epislon is suspended pending the outcome of a university police investigation. Coll says the investigation was launched based on “multiple reports of possible violations of the Code of ...

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Doc in murder-for-hire plot going to private mental facility in Hattiesburg

A former oncologist indicted in a murder-for-hire plot is being moved from the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield to a private mental health facility. A judge has signed an order for Dr. Arnold Smith to be transferred to Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, The Greenwood Commonwealth reports. Smith was indicted in 2012 in a conspiracy to kill ...

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Heart surgery set for Miss. Supreme Court justice Randolph

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph is scheduled for open-heart surgery to repair two leaking valves. The court says in a news release Friday that the 69-year-old from Hattiesburg will have the procedure Nov. 14 and expects to return to work in mid-January. Randolph had triple bypass surgery in 2006, and he says he has a “very positive outlook” now. The ...

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Jones County voters say they want to keep 2 courthouses

Jones County voters, in a non-binding referendum, say they want the county to keep operating separate courthouses in Laurel and Ellisville. WDAM-TV reports voters Tuesday rejected a consolidation proposal by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, with 16,768 votes against consolidation, and only 8,693 votes for it. County supervisors had proposed closing one of the courthouses, which are 8 miles apart, to save ...

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Bellevue officials: 250 signatures needed for petition

The push to incorporate the Bellevue community may soon reach a milestone. John Adcock, proposed mayor of Bellevue, tells The Hattiesburg American they are within 250 signatures of the total needed to file for incorporation. In accordance with Mississippi incorporation procedures, Adcock says officials will step up their efforts to garner the signatures of two-thirds of the registered voters in ...

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