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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

February 26, 2015

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As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering […]

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Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlement earmarked for mentally ill

February 20, 2015

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Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […]

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

February 20, 2015

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JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male […]

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Butler Snow announces second major Nashville expansion

February 9, 2015

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NASHVILLE — Butler Snow has further expanded the firm’s Nashville office as 13 attorneys from Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC join the firm’s commercial litigation practice. With this growth, Butler Snow cements itself among the largest law firms in Tennessee, and greatly enhances its existing commercial litigation group. This move also adds three attorneys to Butler Snow’s […]

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Foreclosures continue to drop in Mississippi and Jackson

February 6, 2015

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Foreclosure rates in Jackson decreased in November over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a California-based real estate data company. Statewide, the November rate came in at 0.99 percent, a significant improvement from the previous November’s 1.49 percent. Mississippi’s 90-day delinquency rate also improved in November, dropping to 5.57 […]

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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

February 4, 2015

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding […]

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Commercial litigator Alan W. Perry joins Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Jackson

February 4, 2015

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JACKSON — Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has announced that leading commercial litigator Alan W. Perry has joined the firm’s Jackson office as a member of its Litigation Practice Group and Business Litigation Team. He was formerly a partner with Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP. “We welcome Alan to the firm and are looking forward to […]

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

February 3, 2015

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Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and […]

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Refusal to grant vaccination exemptions makes state a measles free zone

January 30, 2015

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  Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud. The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles.  George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its  last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has […]

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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