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Feinberg ponders putting price tags on loss and tragedy

One of the nation’s leading lawyers, Ken Feinberg has become known as America’s “Pay Czar” in recent years. His name is familiar to many Mississippians for his role in hearing the cases of residents adversely affected by the BP oil spill. He was responsible for ruling on payments and doling them out. He is loved by some and hated by ...

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State supreme court throws out jury award against Kroger

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.5 million judgment for a Jackson woman who lost sight in one eye when purse-snatchers beat her in a supermarket parking lot. A Hinds County jury in 2009 found The Kroger Company was negligent in the attack on Linda Knox. The incident occurred in June 2007. One of Knox’s attackers ...

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Mississippi Medicaid expansion unlikely, GOP leaders say

JACKSON — Top Republicans say Mississippi can’t afford to expand its Medicaid program to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the law Thursday. But, it said the federal government can’t withhold Medicaid money from states that choose not to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults. Gov. Phil Bryant says ...

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Nissan is set to manufacture Sentra in Mississippi plant

CANTON — Nissan will start making the Sentra sedan in December at its plant in Canton, company officials said Thursday. The Japanese automaker will hire another 1,000 workers at the plant north of Jackson, bringing its worker total to nearly 5,000. The Sentra will be the seventh model produced at the plant, along with the Altima sedan, the Frontier and ...

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Roberts rules: Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning Thursday. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever you like, the monetary penalty used to compel citizens ...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ...

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Chicago law firm asks Court to toss fraud verdict

JACKSON — A Chicago-based law office has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a jury’s verdict saying it owes $103 million to a businessman who claimed the firm defrauded him. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 17 in Jackson. The case is among dozens the court will take up during its July-August term. The docket includes a separate ...

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Fitch returns rating status of Old Republic to 'negative'

RIDGELAND — Fitch Ratings has revised the rating watch status for Old Republic International Corporation (ORI) and its insurance company subsidiaries to “negative” from “positive” following the company’s announcement to withdraw the spin-off of Republic Financial Indemnity Group Inc. (RFIG). Fitch had most recently placed the ratings on rating watch positive March 23 after ORI’s announced plan to spin off ...

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All county employees to be furloughed in cost-cutting measure

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — New furloughs in Pearl River County will affect all county employees, including department heads and administrators. The Picayune Item reports the board of supervisors also cut spending, including $50,000 to the library system was free up money in the budget. On June 11, the board of supervisors froze hiring and the issuance of purchase orders. The ...

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Percy Quin lake to be drained for dam, spillway repairs

MCCOMB — Visitors to Percy Quin State Park will see a rare sight this fall — the bottom of the lake. Park manager Will Busby said the lake would be lowered an estimated six feet to 10 feet for repairs to the dam and spillway valve. Busby said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks would take bids in ...

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