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COPY-Amnesty Thursdays approved by Petal board

PETAL, Miss. (AP) - People owing fines to Petal's municipal court can get a bit of a reprieve starting Thursday.

The Petal Board of Aldermen has approved allowing each Thursday through the remainder of 2012 as amnesty days. The Hattiesburg American reports ( ) this allows Petal Municipal Court Clerk Michelle Strebeck to provide a discount to anyone with old fines.

If you have a fine, you must turn yourself in on a Thursday and pay the full amount owed. Strebeck said a person will be given a discount off the city's portion of a fine.

Strebeck couldn't give a dollar amount for outstanding fines, but said it is high. Many warrants date to 2003.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx said he hopes Strebeck's idea is successful at collecting old fines.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

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