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Stennis Institute of Government removes ‘interim’ from French’s director title

March 25, 2015

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STARKVILLE, Miss.— P. Edward “Eddie” French has been named executive director of the Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development after a year as interim leader. Professor French, a Virginia native who also teaches in MSU’s political science and public administration department, said in his year at the Stennis Institute […]

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Georgia legislation sets stage for eventual casino resort legalization

March 25, 2015

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Legislation that would open the door to up to six casino resorts in Georgia will be introduced in the state House on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The measures, both by Economic Development Committee Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, would generate $250 million a year to support the HOPE scholarship, according to a briefing paper obtained by […]

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

March 9, 2015

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Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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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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