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Read the Dec. 12 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — MERGER MANIA: Wally Northway delves into an issue that is sweeping the nation and is playing an integral role in the way the landscape of law looks in Mississippi. Also in this week’s paper: >> HEALTHCARE CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: What does a partnership between a state-supported academic medical center and a for-profit hospital company look ...

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Last of USM's Katrina-damaged buildings finally being restored

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has a broken ground for the restoration of Elizabeth Hall and the newly appointed Health Sciences Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Elizabeth Hall and the Health Sciences Building, both heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are the final two building projects to break ground for ...

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Magazine ranks Jones Walker among best in nation

NEW ORLEANS — Jones Walker ranked in the top tier of law firms in the Metropolitan Rankings among firms listed in The U.S. News & World Report rankings. The firm also had national rankings in banking and finance law, international trade and finance law, and in litigation—environmental. “The 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings are a testament to the ...

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Hanco awarded storm shelter construction contracts

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Pearl River County has received a low bid on three storm shelters. The Picayune Item reports the board of supervisors hopes to formally award the contract to Hanco Corp. Dec. 19 after federal and state reviews. County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley says the shelters will be located at the fairgrounds in Poplarville, at Pearl River ...

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GAO finds problems with TVA's spending plan

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A U.S. Government Accountability Office report says the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans for spending on power-generating facilities and its agreement to spend up to $5 billion on pollution controls pose difficult financial decisions. The report also says TVA has been slow to consider the potential of energy efficiency measures but acknowledges the utility is about to finish ...

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Attorney: Perjury case could create 'chaos' in legal system

JACKSON — A retired Navy captain and doctor who pleaded guilty to charges of drunken driving and having cocaine is now charged with perjury in a case that legal observers and even four members of the Mississippi Supreme Court say could set a dangerous legal precedent. Before he pleaded guilty to the charges, prosecutors claim David Conwill, 61, was captured ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Deanna White

By Stephen McDill Louisianan Deanna White says she didn’t visit  Mississippi much growing up. After a high  school trip to Clinton, she chose to enroll in  Mississippi College because she liked the  close-knit campus and wanted to follow four  of her relatives into the nursing field. There was only one problem. “I don’t like blood and I don’t like needles,” ...

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Workforce conference explores new ideas about education

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he wants Mississippians to look at new approaches to improve education, including more opportunities for job training instead of bachelor’s degrees and the involvement of churches to help prevent struggling students from dropping out of high school. Other ideas include cutting tax funds to intercollegiate athletics, shortening paths to college degrees and pushing ...

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Coast harbor gets payment from BP for oil spill

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has received a $509,000 settlement with BP. Port and harbor director Jack Zink says the commission has agreed not to sue BP over the 2010 oil spill. Zink tells the Sea Coast Echo the damage did not come from the oil, but rather from activity at the Stennis Airport. ...

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Supervisors award extension to Diamondhead Casino

DIAMONDHEAD — A company that has proposed a casino in Hancock County has received a two-year extension of its special use permit for land it owns stretching from south Diamondhead east to near the Harrison County line. County supervisors granted the extension this week to Diamondhead Casino Corp. The Sea Coast Echo reports the permit was in jeopardy after the ...

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