Daily Lead 5.19.14: Dutschke decides not to recant

Hey there, people. It’s Monday, so yeah. Let’s just into this, pondering why anyone would like Miley Cyrus as we review today’s top stories from DJournal.com.

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Approval coming – Come Tuesday, the Tupelo City Council is expected to approve Shane Hooper as the new development services director (there’s a sexy job title for ya). We’ve attached his résumé to the story, so you can see for yourself that he’s no expert in city planning. Some council members are wary of this nomination, and Mayor Jason Shelton said he wants to “try something new.” I thought that’s what college was for.

Dutschke: OK, fine, I’m guilty – James Everett Dutschke recanted his guilty plea last week, but this morning he decided to go ahead and stick to his plea, and so he was given the expected 25-year sentence in federal prison. Darn. Was really hoping for a Dutschke trial, with him on the witness stand.

Hanging up the gavel – Lee County Justice Court Judge Pat Carr cites health concerns in announcing his resignation from the bench. We’ll have more on this story in a bit.

Rebels get rest – The SEC Baseball Tournament begins this week in Hoover, Ala., and No. 2 seed Ole Miss won’t have to play until Wednesday against either Arkansas or Texas A&M. I’m really gonna miss covering that tournament, mainly because of the free ice cream.

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