HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in defrauding the state Department of Marine Resources. Walker was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, who also ordered the defendant to pay $390,000 in restitution.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get. The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget that began July 1.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in a case alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting. Three separate indictments have been filed this week in federal court in Hattiesburg.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gambling revenues tumbled in Mississippi's river region in the first month after Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino closed, but the trend didn't worsen much. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast casinos posted their best June in years. State figures show casinos statewide won $174 million from gamblers in June, up less than 1 percent from June 2013.
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