Sheriff: leads developing in case of missing girl
CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says his office is investigating numerous leads in the search for a 2-year-old girl missing for more than a week.
Tucker told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon that there is no sign of Myra Lewis yet but his staff, working with the FBI and other agencies, is following leads as they develop.
The search for Myra began on Saturday afternoon, March 1, after she went missing from her home in rural Camden, Miss.
Tucker said he encourages anyone with any information about Myra Lewis to contact authorities.
Tucker also said the arrest of the girl's mother, Ericka Lewis, on Friday on a probation violation was not connected to the disappearance.
PSC member Brandon Presley takes national post
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Brandon Presley, who represents north Mississippi on the state Public Service Commission, has been named chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Consumer Affairs.
Presley replaces outgoing chairwoman Betsy Wergin of Minnesota.
The Committee on Consumer Affairs analyzes the role that state PSC's play in protecting consumer interests, including the energy and telecommunications industries.
Presley says in a statement that consumers are the ones who bear the burden when utilities need to upgrade and modernize their infrastructure.
The term as chairman is three years.
Presley was elected to the Mississippi PSC in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.
Presley also serves as president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, which is composed of public service commissioners from the 11 Southern states and Puerto Rico.
Upper Black Creek Watershed ecosystem project set
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal project to improve the ecosystem along the Upper Black Creek Watershed is getting underway in Mississippi.
The Hattiesburg American reports that the private-public initiative is aimed at improving and protecting water quality and wildlife habitat, while mitigating wildfire threats. The project is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service,
The $1.76 million project will promote best-management practices addressing water quality problems and endangered or threatened species of wildlife in Mississippi counties along the Black Creek corridor and in the De Soto National Forest.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service program will assist non-industrial, private forest landowners in establishing good conservation practices, while the Forest Service will do those practices on the properties that it manages.
McMullan returns to medical center in Jackson
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Dr. Michael McMullan has been named to direct a program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center focusing on specialized care for adults with hereditary heart disease.
McMullan, an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, rejoins the medical center after a seven-year absence.
Nationally, less than 10 percent of adults who need it receive this type of care, according to the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
McMullan comes to the medical center from the Jackson Heart Clinic, where he had been a partner since 2007.
SOCIAL SECURITY THEFT
Biloxi woman gets prison, owes $40K to feds
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Biloxi woman was been ordered to spend more than three years in prison and repay more than $40,000 for disability benefits she received for a child who did not live with her.
The Sun-Herald reports that a federal judge also fined the woman, 34-year-old Christin Lynn Burnett, $2,000.
She was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to the theft of government funds.
A federal grand jury indicted Burnett in September.
Court papers show Burnett received Supplemental Security Income benefits for her daughter from September 2005 through July 2011 while the child lived with her father in another state.
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