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Reed moves to Mississippi SBA district office in Jackson

The Mississippi Link Newswire

Gary K. Reed, branch manager in the Small Business Administration (SBA) Gulfport office since 2011 has been selected as the new deputy district director for the U.S. SBA in Mississippi. As deputy district director, Reed will be second in command and responsible for supervising the activities of 12 employees in the Mississippi District located in Jackson and Gulfport branch offices…. […]

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Healthcare CEOs join volunteers at Habitat Build

By Peggy Hampton

Special to The Mississippi Link

Healthy homes build healthy communities. That’s why four major health care institutions in the Metro Jackson area are joining together to build a healthy home for a local family.

This is the first time health care institutions in the area have collaborated to build a Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson home…. […]

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Woman pleads guilty in husband's cooking oil death

A Mississippi woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in the death of her husband, who died in 2006 after being doused with hot cooking oil.

Hancock County Circuit Court Clerk Karen Ruhr said Edna Mae Sanders, 52, is set for sentencing April 15 in the county’s Circuit Court. Manslaughter in Mississippi carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison, though judges have discretion in sentencing and she’s likely to get credit for time served.

Prosecutors said Sanders poured the oil on Sherman Sanders, 53, while he was asleep at their house in Diamondhead in south Mississippi on July 27, 2006. He died several days later. […]


AstraZeneca to cut 2,300 jobs in business overhaul

Struggling drug company AstraZeneca has outlined a major restructuring of its business, including some 2,300 job cuts worldwide as it overhauls its research operations.

The cuts came only three days after the company axed 1,600 research positions, bringing the total number of cuts to more than 11,000 in the past 13 months. The new chief executive, Pascal Soriot, described the cuts as part of the company’s “unambiguous commitment” to concentrate on priority projects in the pipeline.

“As we focus, accelerate and transform our business we know that our success will ultimately be measured by the quality of execution,” he said in a statement. […]

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Attala schools getting added security measures

The Attala County School will install video intercom systems and card reader access for teachers at Ethel High School and the Kosciusko-Attala Career Technical Center.

Schools Superintendent Bryan Weaver told the Star Herald that the security systems will cost $6,634.

At Ethel, Weaver said each staff member would have a card that they could open the front door on their own. He said the back entrance between the office and the library would be staff entrance and in cases of rainy weather, the student entrance. […]

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Teen arrested in shooting of Lowndes County mail carrier

A 17-year-old Columbus teen is being held on a $500,000 bond after he allegedly shot a mail carrier in the course of a robbery.

Arthur Lee “Slim” Whitfield appeared in court and was charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery for an alleged attack on Doug Aldridge

Aldridge was delivering mail at an apartment complex outside Columbus Thursday, March 21, when he was shot under the left armpit.

Whitfield was arrested at the same complex on March 22 and the weapon reportedly used in the shooting was also recovered at that location. […]


Man charged with shooting girlfriend in the face after breakup

A 25-year-old Corinth man is being held on a $350,000 bond after authorities said he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the face after they broke up. Demarlen O’Bryan Davis is being charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and homicide in the death of 22-year-old Karson Stewart.

Captain Ralph Dance, an investigator with the Corinth Police Department, said Davis was taken into custody shortly after the incident on March 26.

Dance said several 911 calls brought police to an unoccupied residence in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Drive. […]

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Man gets 40 years for raping and robbing disabled woman

A Vicksburg man may spend the next 60 years behind bars for raping a woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis and then stealing her television.

The Vicksburg Post reported that Eddie Lee Harris was sentenced by Warren County Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to 40 years in prison for rape and 20 years for burglary. The sentences are to run concurrently. Under Mississippi law, Harris must serve every day of his 40-year rape sentence before he is eligible for release.

Harris was convicted Feb. 27. […]