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Hood to file appeal to push open-carry gun law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law. A Hinds County circuit judge has put the law on hold, calling it “unconstitutionally vague.” Hood will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn that ruling. Hood says many law enforcement officers around the state are ...

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Council ups red snapper quota, approves second season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has voted to increase this year’s red snapper quota by 2.5 million pounds and to start a recreational season Oct. 1 if the catch so far allows it. The council increased this year’s quota on Wednesday from 8.46 million to 11 million pounds. A recreational season would get up ...

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City gets royalty payment from oil well

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez has received $76,500 for its share of royalties from an oil well. Mayor Butch Brown tells the Natchez Democrat the check covers a period from December through May. Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, in whose ward the well sits, wants aldermen to have a finance committee meeting to determine if the money should be set aside for ...

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Jackson's Beemon Drugs wins national award

The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) has honored Beemon Drugs of Jackson with its Most Valuable Pharmacy (MVP) annual award. The honor was announced at the recent IPC Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. “We are proud to honor dedicated IPC member Beemon Drugs and its owner Lester Hailey as this year’s MVP,” IPC President and CEO Don Anderson said. ...

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UMMC releases statement concerning Blue Cross contract

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center has extended its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi through August 28 as officials from both entities work toward a new agreement to provide fair reimbursement for medical services. Regardless of whether the contract terminates, UMMC said it would continue to provide health care services to all patients, including those ...

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Judge to hear BP's complaint about oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP’s bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. Yesterday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer ...

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Cochran 'hopeful' that committee will advance ag research bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is hopeful legislation to allow tax-exempt donations to advance agriculture research will be acted on during this Congress. Cochran is a primary cosponsor of the Charitable Agricultural Research Act (S.1280), bipartisan legislation introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to amend the ...

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Former AG Mike Moore named to anti-tobacco foundation board

Mike Moore, former Mississippi attorney general and now head of Mike Moore Law Firm in Flowood, has been named to the board of directors of Legacy, an anti-tobacco foundation in Washington, D.C. Legacy was created as a result of the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement reached between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. Moore, ...

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UMMC to continue seeing all patients as negotiations over reimbursement continues with Blue Cross Blue Shield

JACKSON, Mississippi — The University of Mississippi Medical Center has extended its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi through August 28 as officials from both entities work toward a new agreement to provide fair reimbursement for medical services. Regardless of whether the contract terminates, UMMC will continue to provide health-care services to all patients, including those insured by ...

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Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, building and engineering director, says ...

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