Posts Tagged ‘state law’

State receives settlement involving securities violation

JACKSON — Mississippi has received $34,070 in settlement funds from a state securities violation. Another multi-state investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which includes Mississippi, found RBC Capital Market employees sold securities without properly registering with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. “Registering investment advisors provides confidence to Mississippi citizens when […] [...]

Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional […] [...]

Appeals court upholds ruling; finds ‘stop notice’ law unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop notice” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld […] [...]

Bank employee arrested for embezzlement; faces up to 10 years in prison

COLUMBUS — An Oktibbeha County bank employee has been arrested for embezzling from her employer, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Ashley Smith, 28, of Columbus, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on one count of embezzlement.  The indictment charges Smith with […] [...]

City mulls the banning of firearms from buildings, parks

NATCHEZ — Natchez is considering a firearms ban for city-owned building and property. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderman Ricky Gray asked city attorney Hyde Carby if the city could post “no firearms” signs at city buildings and parks. Gray said he believes prohibiting firearms on city property would be in the best interest of public […] [...]

Country of origin labeling law aims at protecting local farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers will be able to make more informed decisions when purchasing certain fish products in Mississippi due to changes in the Mississippi Catfish Marketing Law, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The new law, which went into effective yesterday, requires food service establishments to inform consumers of the country […] [...]

Who will be on the new charter school board?

JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi’s expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. […] [...]

Health Department awards CONs, one for cost overrun

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for projects at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Hospital. Forrest County General Hospital (d/b/a Forrest General Hospital) received a CON) for an amendment/cost overrun to CON No. R-0808. The original project involved the demolition and […] [...]

Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the […] [...]

County surveyor accused of doing unlicensed work, fraud

NEW AUGUSTA — The attorney general’s office says Billy Eugene Brewer, the surveyor in Greene County, has been charged with performing four surveys on properties in Perry County while being unlicensed and illegally using another surveyor’s name and license. Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that the 69-year-old Brewer was arrested at […] [...]

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