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BP still wants payment from Halliburton for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster. BP’s latest filing was made yesterday in federal court in New Orleans, where complex litigation involving various companies involved in the disaster ...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in breach of contract dispute

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments of Jan. 18 in a commercial breach of contract case from Lincoln County. According to court records, Precision Welding sued Denbury Resources for allegedly breaching a contract between the two. Denbury denied the allegation. A Lincoln County jury in 2010 awarded $1.5 million to Precision. Denbury appealed the decision ...

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Council offers tax exemptions to developers

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has given prospective developers another incentive to invest in dilapidated downtown properties. During its final meeting of the year, the council changed guidelines for tax exemptions in Hattiesburg’s Historic Preservation and Central Business districts, The Hattiesburg American reported. Developers can now get a tax exemption for the entire increase in property value when an ...

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PEER releases cost-per-inmate-day report

JACKSON — During its 1994 special session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 2005 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 47-5-1201 et seq. [1972]) to address short- and long-term bed capacity within the state’s correctional system. The bill created the State Prison Emergency Construction and Management Board to expedite the contracting and construction of proposed public and private prison facilities ...

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Barbour appoints Doleac as chancellor, replacing Fair

HATTIESBURG — Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed attorney M. Ronald Doleac of Hattiesburg as chancellor of the 10th Chancery Court District, Place 4. Doleac replaces Chancellor Gene Fair, whom Gov. Barbour recently appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. The Governor’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee found Doleac to be qualified to fill the vacant position. His appointment is effective Jan. ...

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Records: DHA paid Delta Council $1M for ‘administrative’ services

The Delta Health Alliance has paid an average of $272,000 the past four years for an administrative contract with the Delta Council. Those figures are spelled out in DHA tax returns. In 2008, DHA paid Delta Council $293,630 for administrative services. In 2009 and 2010, that number dropped to $275,000. For the fiscal year that ended June 30,2011, DHA paid ...

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Keenum sentenced to 22 months for bank fraud

BOONEVILLE — Once prominent attorney Thomas D. Keenum Sr. of Booneville has been sentenced to 22 months for federal bank fraud. The 73-year-old Keenum pleaded guilty in August 2010 to a scheme to defraud BancorpSouth of Booneville through a $135,447 loan. He faced up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports ...

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Judge sets deadline in McAllister-Nissan lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge has set a deadline for settlement negotiations in a lawsuit between Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. and Deuce McAllister related to a car dealership the former New Orleans Saints star owned in Mississippi. U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson set a telephone conference for Jan. 5 and said discovery will resume immediately if a settlement hasn’t ...

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EPA starts cleanup of former Davis Timber site

LAMAR COUNTY — The Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of the Davis Timber Superfund site in Lamar County and the length of the project and cost could turn out to be less than expected. The Hattiesburg American reports EPA official Scott Martin from Atlanta has told supervisors that a November survey of the site revealed a much lower-than-expected ...

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Katrina-destroyed Coast restaurant being rebuilt

BAY ST. LOUIS — Nearly 6 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed it, a Bay St. Louis waterfront restaurant is about to reopen on the beachfront. WLOX-TV reports Trapani’s Eatery has been rebuilt from the ground up. The two-story restaurant is expected to open in about a month. It will be the second restaurant to open on the Bay St. ...

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