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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Cochran win

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.

Judge Hollis McGehee said Friday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran, failed to start the election challenge on time.

McDaniel is expected to appeal McGehee's ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

McGehee issued his ruling Friday in Gulfport, a day after hearing arguments in Laurel about the timing of McDaniel's lawsuit.

The judge agreed with Cochran attorneys. They cited a 1959 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that said an election challenge must begin within 20 days of the election. McDaniel waited more than a month.

McDaniel's lawsuit claims irregularities spoiled the June 24 runoff. It asks the judge to declare McDaniel the winner or order a new runoff.


ISA TanTec to create 366 jobs at Miss. tannery

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Warren County has bought a building for German tannery company ISA TanTec's its first American tannery in Mississippi.

The company, which currently has tanneries in Vietnam and China, is investing $10.1 million and plans to hire 366 people over five years.

The company will locate in the former CalsonicKansei factory in the Ceres Research & Industrial Interplex in eastern Warren County.

The Vicksburg Post reports county supervisors on Thursday approved the $1.5 million deal to buy the building.

ISA TanTec has set a target date of Jan. 1 for opening its factory.

CalsonicKansei made emissions equipment for Nissan Motor Co. It closed in 2007, laying off or relocating 130 workers.

ISA TanTec sells leather to shoe makers including Timberland, Wolverine, Deckers, Clarks, Merrell, Sperry, Rockport and New Balance.


Closing arguments in silicone injection death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Closing arguments are being presented Friday in the trial of a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections.

The defense rested Friday without calling a witness. The prosecution had wrapped up its case. The jury could begin deliberations later Friday.

Tracey Lynn Garner is charged with depraved-heart murder in the death of Karima Gordon and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities initially identified Garner as a man, Morris Garner, after the arrest. Her attorney has said Garner was born male and had sex reassignment surgery.

Prosecutors say Gordon and a friend were referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer known as Pebbelz Da Model, who was convicted of manslaughter last February in Garner's death and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.


Power restored in downtown Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Power has been restored to downtown Jackson where an outage stalled work in state and local government offices and some private businesses for about 1½ hours.

Officials of Entergy Mississippi say about 415 customers temporarily lost electric power Friday from about 10:30 a.m. to shortly after noon.

Company spokesman Mara Hartmann says the outage was caused by a problem with a switch at a substation.

The affected area included businesses, state and city offices, the Capitol and the Hinds County Courthouse.


MDOC seeks new deals at 4 prisons

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is seeking proposals from private companies to operate four of the state's private prisons.

Commissioner Christopher Epps says the new contracts will begin Dec. 1.

Epps says he wants more security staff hired at Marshall County Correctional Facility, East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.

He says the current operation contracts expire Nov. 30.

Epps says Utah-based Management & Training Corporation, which has been managing the private prisons since July 2012, is invited to be among the bidders. The company says it intends to bid again.

The four privates are owned by local authority boards in their communities and collectively can house about 5,000 inmates. Marshall opened in June 1996; Wilkinson, January 1998; East, April 1999; and Walnut 2001.


Nunnelee says he'll be back in Miss. for recovery

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee says he's returning to Mississippi to continue recovering from a stroke.

The 55-year-old Republican from Tupelo had a stroke while undergoing brain surgery June 9 in Texas, and he has had radiation and chemotherapy in Maryland.

In an email Friday, Nunnelee says the surgery and treatment have separated him from people and places he loves in his home state. He says his medical team tells him he has made significant progress and can go home to continue his stroke rehabilitation.

He has said the stroke caused speech and mobility problems.

Nunnelee is seeking re-election to the north Mississippi seat he first won in 2010.

Democrat Ron Dickey, Libertarian Danny Bedwell and the Reform Party's Lajena Walley also are on the Nov. 4 ballot.


Brees reveals new daughter's name

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees and wife Brittany have named their baby girl, Rylen Judith Brees.

WVUE-TV reports the name was announced publicly Thursday during the CST broadcast of the Saints' final preseason game.

Brees' wife, Brittany, gave birth Tuesday. Rylen has three older brothers: Baylen, Callen and Bowen.

The Saints were facing off against the Ravens in the Superdome. The final score was 22-13 Ravens.

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