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In brief: Big rig hits 11 cars, kills 4 in Mississippi

From Wire Reports

A tractor-trailer plowed into 11 cars stopped on an interstate highway in coastal Mississippi early Saturday, killing a father and daughter and two young men in a horrendous crash that also closed the highway for more than six hours.

Four people received injuries, none life-threatening, said Lt. Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The crash started when a pickup truck and the trailer it was hauling overturned, spilling used computer equipment across eastbound Interstate 10, about 10 miles from the Louisiana state line, Poulos said.

“That 18-wheeler continued eastbound through the stopped traffic,” Poulos said. “Colliding with all of the vehicles.”

The crash scene was “pretty overwhelming,” said Poulos, a 16-year veteran.

Jeb Bush releases gubernatorial emails

WASHINGTON – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he’s releasing roughly 250,000 emails from his years as Florida’s governor.

The possible Republican presidential candidate also said he’s working on an electronic book. He told a Florida television station during a Saturday interview that he’ll release the emails ahead of the e-book next year.

Bush has hinted that he would make a decision “in short order” about whether to run for president.

Bush told ABC’s Miami affiliate, WPLG-TV, that he’s releasing the emails for “transparency” and to “let people make up their mind.”

Prisoner allegedly files false tax returns

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A career criminal serving time at a Tennessee prison is accused of concocting a scheme to file false tax returns in the names of fellow inmates.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that 47-year-old James Glenn Collins Jr. will be arraigned next week in U.S. District Court. He is accused of conspiring to defraud the government of more than $113,000 over four years.

According to court records, Collins somehow obtained a roster that contained the personal information of fellow inmates at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Authorities said that with help from people on the outside, Collins filed false tax returns in their names. They say the refunds were sent to helpers, who transferred a portion to Collins.

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