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Georgia legislation sets stage for eventual casino resort legalization

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 The Journal-Constitution. The bill, and ...

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

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 of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Report: Florida bans 'climate change' from use by state agencies

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, denied he has forbidden use ...

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

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 and tax evasion. He and ...

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

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 at a flea market last ...

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Butler Snow announces second major Nashville expansion

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 already significant presence in the ...

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Foreclosures continue to drop in Mississippi and Jackson

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 percent from 6.62 percent. The ...

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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

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 the bays and marshes on ...

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

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 the contributions that a professional ...

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