Details on the Gulf Coast/Avenatti connection.

An important day for Hancock County Voters. And the surprising Avenatti-Biloxi connection:

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Voting takes place today on a 16-million-dollar Hancock County School District bond issue. The funds, if they're approved, will be earmarked for upgrades or repairs to a number of schools, including Hancock High. The bond issue does not call for an increase in property taxes. To win approval, at least 60 percent of those casting ballots today must vote in favor of the measure. 

Mississippi teachers first thought they might get only a pair of 500-dollar pay raises and they weren't happy about it. Then it looked like they might get four times that much. Now, as the legislative session draws to a close, they're back to the original amount, a thousand dollars, but it may come in a single raise and not spread out over two years. Teacher advocates say money is available to give a larger raise but legislative leaders say a thousand dollars may be the best they can do.

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The CEO of People's Bank in Biloxi is acknowledging an accusation by federal prosecutors that Michael Avenatti used false bank returns and balance sheets to obtain several loans totaling more than four million dollars between 2014 and 2016. Avenatti, best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, is accused in New York of threatening to extort millions of dollars from sports-apparel giant Nike. He's charged in Los Angeles with embezzling money from one of his clients.

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The basketball seasons are over for the Southern Miss women and the William Carey men. The Lady Eagles lost to North Alabama 69-to-65 in overtime in Hattiesburg last night in the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. And the Crusaders missed a chance to play for a national championship, losing to Georgetown College 94-to-83 in the NAIA semifinals in Kansas City.

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Last night onThe Voice Battle Rounds, Moss Point, MS native, Rod Stokes, went head-to-head with teammate Gyth Rigdon. Singing a duet of “Drunk Me” by Mitchell Tenpenny, Blake named Gyth the winner of the battle. However, moments later Rod was stolen by Team Adam:

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Senator Lindsey Graham is saying he was the one who asked the late Senator John McCain to give the controversial Steele dossier on President Trump and Russia to the FBI. The South Carolina Republican told CNN on Monday that McCain was given the dossier that contained unconfirmed allegations of contacts between Trump and Russia. Graham says after he urged the Arizona Republican to give the dossier to the FBI, McCain put it in his safe overnight, then turned it over to the FBI the next day. Trump spent most of a week this month accusing McCain, who died of brain cancer last August, of giving the dossier to the media and the FBI.

President Trump is describing Special Counsel Robert Mueller as someone who has acted honorably. He made the comment in response to a question during a White House event yesterday but did not elaborate. Mueller concluded that there was no collusion or conspiracy between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, though he did not exonerate Trump.

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For the second day in a row, a Harrison County Chick-fil-A restaurant will be the site this evening of a pajama party hosted by the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport. Today's party will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the chain's restaurant on Highway 49. The purpose is to collect pajamas for donation to the Harrison County Family Court Emergency Children's Shelter. Those donating new, unopened PJ's will be given a card entitling them to a chicken sandwich, crispy nuggets or any other entrée that they choose. 

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 A Verizon worker has been suspended from his job after saving a stranded cat on a utility pole in Philadelphia. Earlier this month, Verizon employee Maurice German used his bucket truck to save a cat that was clinging to a utility pole for its life. A Verizon spokesman said while the company's action may not be popular, they had to suspend German because he "potentially put his life and those around him in jeopardy." The spokesman stressed that company trucks and related equipment aren't to be used in the area German was operating, especially around electrical wires. Even though German is suspended, supporters have hailed him as a hero and are raising money to compensate him for th

 

Senator Lindsey Graham is saying he was the one who asked the late Senator John McCain to give the controversial Steele dossier on President Trump and Russia to the FBI. The South Carolina Republican told CNN on Monday that McCain was given the dossier that contained unconfirmed allegations of contacts between Trump and Russia. Graham says after he urged the Arizona Republican to give the dossier to the FBI, McCain put it in his safe overnight, then turned it over to the FBI the next day. Trump spent most of a week this month accusing McCain, who died of brain cancer last August, of giving the dossier to the media and the FBI.

President Trump is describing Special Counsel Robert Mueller as someone who has acted honorably. He made the comment in response to a question during a White House event yesterday but did not elaborate. Mueller concluded that there was no collusion or conspiracy between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, though he did not exonerate Trump.

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For the second day in a row, a Harrison County Chick-fil-A restaurant will be the site this evening of a pajama party hosted by the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport. Today's party will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the chain's restaurant on Highway 49. The purpose is to collect pajamas for donation to the Harrison County Family Court Emergency Children's Shelter. Those donating new, unopened PJ's will be given a card entitling them to a chicken sandwich, crispy nuggets or any other entrée that they choose. 

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