The man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the President, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and judge Sadie Holland, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release yesterday. Just last week, James Everett Dutschke had told a federal judge that he was innocent and wanted to withdraw his guilty plea, which he had entered in January. In yet another turn of events, Dutschke changed his mind and took the plea, which also takes into account an unrelated state court case on three counts of fondling minors. That crime alone could have resulted in an additional lengthy prison sentence in state prison. Chad Lamar is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. He was the lead federal prosecutor in the Dutschke case. Lamar spoke with MPB's Sandra Knispel.
Oil services company McDermott International will be the newest tenant at the Port of Gulfport. The announcement is good news for the port after long-time tenant Chiquita said last week it was leaving later this year. Jackson Bullock is a vice president with McDermott. He tells MPB's Evelina Burnett the company is excited about locating in Gulfport. Bullock also explains a bit about what McDemrmott will actually do at the Port.
Darius Johnson is president of the local International Longshoremen Association - or ILA. Even though McDermott's lease doesn't begin until late 2015, Johnson says it's good for his members to know there is work on the way.
State Senator Chris McDaniel is denying any connection to a political blogger accused of sneaking into a nursing home to take pictures of U-S Senator Thad Cochran's bedridden wife. Conservative blogger Clayton Kelly was arrested Friday and charged with exploiting a vulnerable adult after authorities say he posted a photo online as part of an anti-Cochran video. McDaniel says he has no idea who Kelly is and that he does not have a connection to the campaign.
McDaniel and Cochran are in the middle of a heated primary that ends June third. In a statement Cochran's adult children say they're shocked someone apparently tried to use their mother's debilitating dementia for political purposes.
Dr. Marty Wiseman is a longtime political observer, and the recently retired head of the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University. He tells MPB's Jeffrey Hess, even with no OFFICIAL connection, the events are still potentially damaging to the McDaniel campaign...
Recovery efforts are still ongoing in those areas of Mississippi affected by the April 28th tornadoes, and for many, life is slowly returning to normal. In Louisville - one of the communities hardest hit by the storm - officials are awaiting the start of debris removal. Louisville Mayor Will Hill tells MPB's Paul Boger that process should start in the next two days.
Terry Triplett lost his Louisville home in the tornado. He tells our Paul Boger progress is slow...but steady.