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Mississippi and Saudi Arabia have something in common

By Amy McCullough Mississippi and Saudi Arabia have something in common. So says Raise Your Pints president Butch Bailey, a Hattiesburg forester. They are the only governmental entities in the world who limit the alcohol content of beer brewed and imported to 5%. Specialty beers often have 7% or 8% alcohol content, and critics argue that our antiquated law is ...

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'Consumers shouldn't have to foot the bill to sue themselves'

Press release from the office of Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley “Consumers Shouldn’t Have to Foot the Bill to Sue Themselves” PSC adopts Presley’s Motion for New Rule Concerning Utilities Legal Fees JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley led the effort last week to prohibit utility companies from being able to re-coop legal fees in cases ...

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Barbour sets special election for Senate seat

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour announced a special election will be held March 1 for District 12 seat in the Mississippi State Senate. A vacancy was created Jan. 3, 2011, when Johnnie E. Walls Jr. resigned following his election to the Circuit Judgeship for Mississippi’s 11th District. The District 12 Senate seat includes parts of Bolivar and Washington counties. The ...

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Horseshoe found liable for fatal accident

ROBINSONVILLE — Horseshoe Casino is liable for damages under the state’s “dram shop” law related to a fatal accident in Tunica County in 2002, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. However, the Supreme Court yesterday found the casino liable only 50 percent of the $1.1 million awarded by a Tunica County jury in 2010. Three people died in the accident ...

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Senate lawmakers approve immigration bill

JACKSON — A Senate committee yesterday cleared a bill — similar to one in Arizona — that would allow police officers who stop people for violations such as speeding or a broken tail light to check their immigration status if there’s reasonable suspicion they are here illegally. But at least one state lawmaker, Sen. Kelvin Butler, a Democrat from Magnolia, ...

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Judge rules in case involving drilling permits

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused yesterday to order government regulators to speed up processing deepwater drilling permit applications now that they have lifted a moratorium imposed after the massive Gulf oil spill. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said it’s unclear whether the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management must approve or reject drilling permit ...

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Restaurant manager fired for offensive e-mail

RIDGELAND — The general manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ridgeland has been fired for an e-mail that the recipient found racially offensive, according to The Clarion-Ledger. According to the newspaper, LeTrenda Watson, an African American who was attempting to make a reservation for a birthday party, received a return e-mail message that included an exchange between Ruth’s Chris-Ridgeland’s ...

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