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Agent: collecting evidence in Magnolia can case

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - The State Auditor's office is continuing to investigate the alleged embezzlement of public money by Magnolia's former city grounds and street keeper.

Special Agent David Oubre tells The Enterprise-Journal that investigators are contacting witnesses and collecting evidence about allegations against Willie Bowen.

The city fired Bowen in February after learning that he allegedly kept $51.51 from recycling cans that he and work-release inmates picked up from city roadsides in January.

Oubre said he has not yet interviewed Bowen.

It is unclear if Bowen has an attorney.

The Associated Press could not reach Bowen for comment Sunday because there is no telephone listing for him in Magnolia.


Signs to guide visitors to Shoals' music heritage

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) - Signs will soon point visitors to The Shoals region toward the musical landmarks that made the area famous.

Judy Sizemore, director of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, said there are plans to place at least 10 signs in Muscle Shoals and others throughout the area.

The TimesDaily reports that the sites focus on the region's music recording history, including the story of the FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound recording studios.

The signs are part of a larger project, The Roots of American Music Trail, and will feature the trail logo and a directional arrow.

Josh Everett, of Johnson and Associates Engineering, said the trail is being patterned somewhat like the Mississippi Blues Trail that has more than 150 markers across Mississippi and 11 markers scattered outside the state.


Pascagoula LNG terminal working on export permits

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A Pascagoula shipping terminal opened in 2011 to import liquefied natural gas now is working to become an export terminal.

The nationwide shale boom has greatly imports since the $1.1 billion Gulf LNG terminal opened near the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel.

Gulf LNG got U.S. Department of Energy approval in 2012 to export 11.5 million tons of LNG a year to countries approved under the Free Trade Agreement, including Australia, Canada and some in South and Central America.

Kinder Morgan Inc. spokesman Richard Wheatley tells The Sun Herald that the Pascagoula terminal is seventh on the list for a permit to export to other countries.

He says there's no estimate on how long it would take to convert the terminal after getting such approval.


Construction on schedule for new Choctaw hospital

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Despite a few weather-related delays, work is back on schedule for the new Choctaw Health Center, set to open in spring 2015.

The hospital is being built on the eastern side of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation near Philadelphia.

Project manager Stephen Hockins tells The Neshoba Democrat crews lost about 15 days to bad weather.

Hockins says the current schedule will see construction complete by Dec. 30. The hospital is expected to open by spring 2015.

Once complete the facility will be over twice the size of the current Choctaw Health Center.

Opened in 1976, the current Choctaw Health Center was built for a Tribal population of 4,000.

It now serves the 10,000 plus members of the Tribe, as well as eligible non-members.


Marker honors role of county in 1812 war

HOLMESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Historical Society president Malcolm Allen unveiled this week a historical marker at the old courthouse in Holmesville commemorating Pike County's role in the War of 1812.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Allen says the county's role in the war began with British interference in U.S. maritime trade and ended in 1815 with the Battle of New Orleans.

That was the same year that Pike County was established and named in honor of Gen. Zebulon Pike, who died in the war. Holmesville, which was briefly the county seat, was named for Maj. Andrew Hunter Holmes, who also died in the war.

Men from counties along the Mississippi River were deployed to Baton Rouge, La.; to the Alabama River to repel British and Indian invaders; and later to defend New Orleans.

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