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BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget […] [...]

Ex-state lawmaker Thames dies in Jackson at 69

JACKSON — Former state Sen. Billy Thames died yesterday of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 69. Thames’ wife, Ann, said he died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Thames was a Democrat from Mize who served in the Senate from January 1980 until January 2008. He was […] [...]

Son of John Stennis dies at 78 in Jackson

JACKSON — John Hampton Stennis, a lawyer and former state legislator who was the only son of the late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, died yesterday. He was 78. Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam […] [...]

Court reverses decision on BP getting oil spill insurance money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has withdrawn its earlier ruling that BP is entitled to a portion of $750 million in coverage under a contractor’s insurance policies to help the London-based oil giant pay for costs associated with its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A three-judge panel of the […] [...]

Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

Report blames welding for fatal Gulf oil rig fire

GULF OF MEXICO — A consultant’s report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report was released today, the same day two injured workers and their spouses filed a $180 million […] [...]

Health Department identifies three more West Nile cases

FORREST COUNTY and HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there are three new human cases of West Nile virus for 2013. The reported cases are two in Hinds County and one in Forrest County, bringing the state total for 2013 to 15 cases, with one death. So far this year, cases […] [...]

State on pace to break record for fewest fire deaths

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is on pace once again to have the lowest number of fire deaths on record. State chief deputy fire marshal Ricky Davis tells The Clarion-Ledger 62 people died in fires last year, with 37 of those deaths occurring by Aug. 1. The 62 deaths were the lowest since record-keeping began. This […] [...]

Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, […] [...]

Bryant appoints Whitwell to fill vacancy left by Roberts’ death

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert “Bob” Q. Whitwell Sr. as chancery court judge in a district that includes Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall and Tippah counties. A vacancy on the bench was created when Judge Edwin H. Roberts Jr. died on July 1. Whitwell is currently in private practice. He served as municipal […] [...]

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