- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Lawsuit points finger at lumber companies
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five U.S. Forest Service whistleblowers who claim their timber theft unit was abolished to protect lumber companies from prosecutions will make their case at a hearing in June.
A federal administrative law judgewill hear the case, in which the former timber theft unit members charge that their 16-member division was abolished in 1995 after they began investigating alleged Forest Service cover-ups of corporate timber theft.
The Forest Service, which is fighting the allegations that date to 1996, has maintained for seven years that the unit was eliminated because it wasn't efficient.