nems360.com – Month to month top stories of 2009

FEBRUARY

10 – Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, once among the country’s most powerful attorneys, pleads guilty to a second charge of attempted judicial bribery involving Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. He gets seven years, concurrent with his previous five-year sentence.

17 – Two Baldwyn natives, James David and Laura Pendergest-Holt, are charged in connection with the Stanford Financial Group scandal.

MARCH

11 – ATK receives a $25 million incentive package from the state for the expansion of its plant in Iuka, a move that is expected to increase its work force from 175 to 800 in eight years.

28 – In a scene repeated throughout the spring across Northeast Mississippi, National Guard troops receive a sendoff from Tupelo for training at Fort Sill, Okla., before their deployment overseas.

APRIL

8 – Gov. Haley Barbour signs Children First Act of 2009, aimed at improving public school achievement

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