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Judge considers arguments in damage cap lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS — Each side in a Mississippi tort case has urged a federal appeals court to decide in its favor. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week it does not have enough information to decide whether the state’s limit on noneconomic damages — as applied to a federal lawsuit — is constitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Court to hear appeal of 'anti-spoofing' law

JACKSON — A challenge to Mississippi’s “anti-spoofing” law will be heard Oct. 4 by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Mississippi enacted the law 2010. Other states and Congress have since enacted similar laws. Backers of the laws say caller ID “spoofing” is a growing threat to people because of new technology making it cheap and easy to change ...

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City mulling new ordinances to match growth

OXFORD — As Oxford continues to grow, so does the demand for the availability of telecommunications for its citizens, which is why some new city ordinances are about to be adopted. For instance, to ensure the city maintains control of work performed within the city rights of way, the Oxford Board of Aldermen is considering several changes and additions to ...

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FNC index shows U.S. home prices still rising

OXFORD — FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values continue to gain traction amid signs of slower economic growth and a stagnant labor market. Home prices rose again in June for the fourth consecutive month. Nationwide, June home prices — based on recorded sales of non-distressed properties (existing and new homes) in the 100 largest ...

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Hinds CC's unmanned aerial vehicle training takes off

RAYMOND ‑ When news hit earlier this month that an American drone had killed at least 10 al-Qaida militants, instructors some 8,000 miles away at Hinds Community College were working on Mississippi’s first program to train drone pilots. Currently the market on unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, also known as drones, is almost completely military. In February, President Barack Obama ...

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Farmers, ranchers prepare to deal with Isaac's impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers across southern and central Mississippi are preparing to deal with the consequences of high winds and lots of rain from Isaac. “We have a two-fold problem for farmers right now,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight. “The livestock and dairy farmers are worried about losing electricity — having problems keeping chickens alive and being able ...

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Sanderson Farms building plant in North Carolina

LAUREL — A Mississippi poultry processor has selected a site in Nash County, N.C., for a new chicken plant. Sanderson Farms says no decision has been made on when to start work on the plant near Interstate 95 and N.C. 97 southwest of Rocky Mount, N.C. Chairman and CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. says the company plans to hire 1,100 ...

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Beds, breakfast and business

The Mississippi Development Authority’s 2012 development workshop for the Mississippi bed & breakfast industry (B&B’s) kicked off last week with meetings in Columbus, Clarksdale and at Jackson’s popular Fairview Inn. MDA representative Joy Foy says the program hopes to grow the industry and is in its third year thanks to a partnership between MDA, the Mississippi Department of Archives & ...

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Report: Primary insurers to bear most of Isaac-related losses

NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings says it anticipates losses related to Isaac will be largely borne by primary insurers, but estimates remain uncertain. Fitch wrote: “Though Isaac carries significant threat, new flood control systems built post-Katrina are expected to limit the surge from Isaac in the New Orleans region. “Catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide reported an initial estimate of industry insured ...

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MEMA gives update on Isaac's impact on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Hurricane Isaac has slowed in the Gulf and continues to send torrential rains over already rain-soaked areas throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates given at 7 a.m. this morning by MEMA: • Shelters: 31 shelters across the ...

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