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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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has withdrawn its earlier ruling that BP is entitled to a portion of $750 million in coverage under a contractor’s insurance policies to help the London-based oil giant pay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, […] [...]

Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though […] [...]

State records second West Nile virus death of 2013

BOLIVAR COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported a second death in the state from the West Nile Virus as well as four new human cases. Health officials say in a news release Tuesday that the death occurred in Bolivar County. The new reported cases occurred in Forrest, Hinds and Rankin counties. […] [...]

Halliburton to plead guilty to obstruction in oil spill investigation

NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana. […] [...]

Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to […] [...]

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