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Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be withdrawn pending the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of a new law passed by Congress “intended to alleviate some of the draconian rate increases facing Mississippi homeowners,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said. Chaney and the Mississippi Insurance […] [...]

Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud

JACKSON — A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William “Butch” Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The 58-year-old is being held without bond in Mississippi, and a court appearance was set for Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that after Dickson’s […] [...]

Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about […] [...]

Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues

ABERDEEN — A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now pending in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Officials have said an electrical short […] [...]

Senators push FEMA to implement flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) have sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting a meeting to discuss a plan to implement the recently passed flood insurance reform law and reinstating rates as Congress intended. The senators want Fugate […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

Graham reaches out-of-court settlement in training-pay case

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that an out-of-court settlement has been agreed to with Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham involving litigation concerning Graham’s conducting training while employed by the Jackson Police Department. As part of the settlement, Graham will transfer 91 days of his accumulated unused uncompensated personal and major medical leave to […] [...]

Chaney: New building codes law could save lives, money

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney believes Mississippi’s citizens can have more confidence in the strength and resilience of their new homes and also potentially save money on insurance premiums with the signing of Senate Bill 2378, creating mandatory statewide building codes, if local leaders decide to operate under the new law. A mandatory […] [...]

Manslaughter convict can get workers’ comp

JACKSON — A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the homicide case and is now serving […] [...]

Bryant signs controversial religious-freedom bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill yesterday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add “In God We […] [...]

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