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MISSISSIPPI ELECTION

Congressional incumbents and Romney win in Miss.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has re-elected Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and all four of its U.S. House members.

The state Tuesday also delivered all six of its presidential electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney, as expected. Mississippi has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1980.

Wicker won a six-year term. House members won two-year terms: Democrat Bennie Thompson in the Delta's 2nd District and Republicans Alan Nunnelee in the northern 1st District, Gregg Harper in the central 3rd and Steven Palazzo in the southern 4th.

A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and other news organizations showed the economy and the federal deficit were dominant issues in Mississippi. A sizeable share of state voters said they think their financial situation is worse now than it was four years ago.

MISSISSIPPI-COURT RACES

Waller, Randolph, Coleman win Supreme Court races

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Supreme Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. has won another term on the state's highest court.

A late push put Waller ahead of state Rep. Earle Banks, a Jackson Democrat, by 10 percentage points with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Waller, chief justice since 2009, won an eight-year term that begins in January 2014 and runs until 2022. He was first elected to the Supreme Court in 1996. Before that, he worked as a lawyer in Jackson. He represents the central, or 1st District.

In other races, newcomer Josiah Coleman won a seat on the Supreme Court.

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph breezed to re-election.

Challenger Ceola James of Vicksburg unseated incumbent Ermea J. Russell on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

REPEAT DUI SENTENCE

Va. man sentenced for 12th DUI conviction

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man convicted for the 12th time in a drunken driving case will serve the maximum sentence.

Media outlets report that 44-year-old David Marion Apraham of Spotsylvania received a seven-year sentence on Tuesday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court..

Apraham had pleaded guilty in August to DUI, driving on a suspended license and refusing to take a breath test.

Court records show Apraham has two prior DUI convictions in Williamsburg and Colonial Heights, six in Mississippi and three in Alabama.

Spotsylvania County deputy prosecutor Tom Shaia says Apraham was supposed to be on house arrest in Mississippi when he was arrested on the latest Virginia charge in November 2011.

Apraham also faces DUI charges in North Carolina and Washington state.

GOLF CART THEFT

Man accused of stealing golf cart

(Information in the following story is from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com)

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — An Ocean Springs man has been charged with grand larceny after authorities say he stole a golf cart.

Sheriff Mike Byrd tells The Mississippi Press 24-year-old Mitchell Roy Lang was arrested after a Vancleave man's niece saw him on the golf cart. Byrd says she recognized her uncle's golf cart and stopped him.

The sheriff says Lang told investigators that he was drinking Friday night and woke up in the victim's yard. That's when he saw the golf cart with the key in it. Since he didn't know where he was, Lang told authorities, he took the golf cart to look for a store.

Lang remains at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center with bail set at $1,000.

It was unclear whether Lang has an attorney.

SOUTHAVEN-BIKE PATHS

Southaven to seek input on bike paths

(Information in the following story is from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com)

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The Southaven Board of Aldermen has agreed to review and get public input on a proposed plan for citywide on-street bicycle and pedestrian paths.

The Commercial Appeal reports City Planning Director Whitney Choat-Cook presented the plan to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen during Tuesday's board meeting.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said the plan to put the bicycle and pedestrian paths on streets throughout the city would take several years and "millions" to complete.

EXPLOITATION SENTENCE

Woman sentenced in exploitation case

(Information in the following story is from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com)

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A former hospice worker in Laurel is going to prison for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.

The Hattiesburg American reports 50-year-old Lena M. Hinson pleaded guilty Monday before Jones County Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum to one count of felony embezzlement and one count of felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.

Hinson was sentenced to serve five years, with four years suspended. Hinson is to serve two years of post-release supervision.

She also must pay over $3,000 in restitution to the victim, plus court costs, $1,000 to Crime Victim's Compensation Fund and $1,000 to reimburse Jones County for the use of the public defender.

HATTIESBURG JUDGES

Hattiesburg council approves judge appointments

(Information in the following story is from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Hattiesburg City Council has unanimously approved the appointments of Jonathan Farris and Carol Jones as municipal court judges on a pro tem basis.

The Hattiesburg American reports the appointments were approved at Tuesday's meeting.

New Municipal Court Judge Jerry Evans had recommended the appointment of the pro tem judges during Monday's work session, so they might pick up the judicial slack while he restructures the embattled court system.

Farris and Jones had already served as interim judges before Evans' appointment in October.

Hattiesburg's municipal court system has drawn fire ever since an internal Hattiesburg Police Department investigation found evidence of court employees improperly destroying warrants and receiving rewards for dismissing tickets, fines and warrants, among other acts of unethical behavior.

D'IBERVILLE CASINO

D'Iberville council expected to approve casino

(Information in the following story is from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The D'Iberville City Council is expected to give the final approvals for the city's first casino.

The Sun Herald reports the council will vote Wednesday on four measures that will allow Land Holdings I to build a casino on the Back Bay. The company hasn't yet announced the name of the casino.

Before the final master plan is accepted, the council has to approve the development agreement that had been tabled until the developer acquired additional land for the project.

The casino resort has been downsized since the original amount was approved.

The developer also is requesting a variance for a sign that will extend beyond the roof of the building.

The state Gaming Commission also must approve the casino before construction can begin.

GAUTIER-PRIVATIZATION

Gautier approves private public works firm

(Information in the following story is from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — The Gautier City Council has approved a contract to have Clearwater Solutions become the service provider for the public works department.

The Sun Herald reports the first year of the five-year contact will cost the city a little more than $1.6 million; the other years will cost a little more than $1.7 million.

The city adopted a $9.6 million budget for fiscal 2013 on Tuesday, which included a $680,000 budget cut.

More than $360,000 of that cut comes from privatizing the public works department.

Public works employees will work for the city until Dec. 1, when Clearwater will take over the department.

COPPER THEFTS-INDICTMENT

2 men arrested on charges of stealing copper

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested on charges of stealing thousands of dollars in copper from farm irrigation pivots in Mississippi and selling it in Arkansas.

Curtis Tigues and Ernest Calvin were indicted last month in U.S. District Court in Greenville and arrested Tuesday.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams says the 29-year-old Tigues is from Inverness. The 31-year-old Calvin is from Belzoni.

The indictments say that Tigues and Calvin each sold more than 300 pounds of copper for scrap in Lake Village, Ark., in December 2010.

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