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Court of Appeals upholds Madison’s rental ordinance

MADISON — The state Court of Appeals has denied property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. City officials say Crook, a former Madison County chancery clerk and […] [...]

Legislators up budget estimates for 2014 and 2015

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the estimate of how much money state government can spend this year and next. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee made the changes today after hearing that the state economy has performed well the past several months. Committee members added nearly $150 million to the estimate for fiscal 2014, […] [...]

Bryant signs new public records legislation

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 928 yesterday, and it becomes law July 1. It says that when a person requests government records, a board or agency can only require reimbursement of costs incurred by the lowest-level […] [...]

New welfare drug-testing bill signed into law by Bryant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a welfare drug-testing bill, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash. He said it would help people who are “trapped in a dependency lifestyle.” House Bill 49 will become law July 1. When it takes effect, anyone who applies for Temporary Assistance […] [...]

Court of Appeals to hear arguments in abortion clinic case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state’s only abortion clinic. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified attorneys of the date yesterday. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit […] [...]

State’s sheriffs to finally get pay raise with new law

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi sheriffs will get their first pay raise in several years, starting July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed House Bill 1409, which collapses eight population-based pay brackets into five. Sheriffs in counties with fewer than 15,000 people will make $75,000 a year, while those in counties ranging from 15,000 to 34,000 […] [...]

Court to hear dispute over silicon plant permit

BURNSVILLE — A competitor’s effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court. The $200 million Mississippi Silicon project, announced in late December, is supposed to create 200 jobs in Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical of Selma, Ala., is suing the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in […] [...]

Criminal justice legislation passes, heads to Bryant

JACKSON — Legislation to make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval yesterday from state lawmakers. The House voted 105-13 and the Senate voted unanimously to send a revised, final version of House Bill 585 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If he does, it […] [...]

Court will not rehear Eaton-Frisby trade secrets case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined a request from Eaton Corp. to take another look at its appeal of trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. Last November, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld a Hinds County judge’s ruling that Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed […] [...]

Attorney pleads guilty to defrauding two banks, court

BILOXI — A Coast attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard Colson entered the plea in U.S. […] [...]

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