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June 8, 2016 in News

2406-22 kitGREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – Milwaukee Tool will add 75 jobs in Greenwood and invest $1.5 million, expanding to meet increasing demand. The unit of Hong Kong-based Techtronic Industries has hired 10 workers and expects to hire the remainder by year’s end, bringing Greenwood employment to 583. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says MDA is giving Milwaukee Tool $1.5 million for building renovations, with the city of Greenwood adding $150,000.

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – A 31-year-old McComb woman is in custody, accused of raping a child and other charges. Detective Sid Boyte says Erica Labruzza faces charges of statutory rape, production of child pornography and touching and handling for lustful gratification. Labruzza is accused of recording a child, about 2 years old, during an incident of sexual abuse. Boyte, in a news release Tuesday, said the video of the alleged incident was discovered on a cellphone by someone else and reported to police.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A lawyer for the state of Mississippi says there is no evidence prosecutors discriminated when picking the jury that eventually convicted Lisa Jo Chamberlin of the grisly 2004 murders of two people whose bodies were found in a freezer. The arguments came during a hearing at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mississippi is seeking to overturn a judge’s order last year finding discrimination in picking the jury that convicted Chamberlin and ordering her release.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for the Mississippi House speaker say it doesn’t matter that bills were read aloud at a super-fast speed during a legislative dispute. They say the important thing is that Speaker Philip Gunn fulfilled the state constitutional requirement to have them read out loud when a House member requested it.