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Bryant orders contracting reforms in wake of Epps, McCroy scandal

State agencies will be forced to operate more openly in advertising, amending and awarding contracts, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in a issuing a pair of executive orders Thursday on state contracting. The orders also mandate increased professional knowledge of contracting among Mississippi Department of Corrections contract workers. One of the orders, Order 1362, requires agencies posting contracts online to ...

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Ex-mayor denies misusing of Southaven city funds

JACKSON — A former mayor accused of spending city money on trips, shopping and marriage counseling was authorized to use the funds and did nothing wrong, his attorney said Wednesday. The attorney for former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis told the state Court of Appeals that Davis doesn’t have to pay back $73,000 because they were for his travel and training. ...

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Hearing set in courthouse shooting as revenge motive eyed

CANTON — A Mississippi man arrested for fatally shooting another man at a courthouse in a possible case of revenge was scheduled for a bail hearing Tuesday. William A. Wells, 24, was a former firefighter who had never been in any more serious legal trouble than some traffic tickets — until his mother was shot. Kendrick Armond Brown was facing ...

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Man shot to death awaiting court appearance in Mississippi

CANTON — A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said. Police and other officials said they weren’t sure why the suspect — 24-year-old William B. ...

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Analysis: Sprawling Google litigation keeps testing Jim Hood

  JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood professes pride in the number of large corporations that he’s gone after as Mississippi’s chief legal officer. But the sprawling Google litigation he’s involved in continues to spawn embarrassing incidents. Questions about Hood’s role are spilling over into his re-election race for attorney general against Republican Mike Hurst. It didn’t help that Google ...

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ACLU-MS gets $1 million to address ‘disparate’ school disciple

From Staff The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Foundation (ACLU-MS) received a two-year $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address “excessive discipline” of African-American boys in schools. The Kellogg Foundation and ACLU-MS say they want statewide standards for school discipline that ensure that the codes of student conduct in Mississippi’s school districts meet basic standards of ...

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Commercial Finance 701 – Business entity selection: Choose wisely or pay later

By Clark C. Luke The choice of entity form is perhaps one of the most confusing and difficult decisions an entrepreneur will face.  The decision will have significant implications for future taxation, personal liability, management\voting rights, ease of financing, and subsequent transfers of assets or ownership. My law partners Molly Jeffcoat Moody and Ben Williams, the regular authors of this ...

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BREAKING: Chancery order voids Watkins’ $4.7 million Farish lien

Remember Jackson’s Farish Street? It’s back in the news with a Chancery Court summary judgment issued Thursday invalidating a $4.7 million lien developer David Watkins put on the buildings along the first block of Farish Street after the Jackson Redevelopment Authority booted him from a stalled effort to remake the block into an entertainment and dining district. The JRA gave ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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14 at Jones Walker ranked

Fourteen attorneys in Jones Walker’s Mississippi offices have been recognized for their prominence in specific areas in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA for Mississippi. The Mississippi offices also ranked regionally in 3 practices: Litigation: General Commercial, Real Estate, and Corporate/Commercial. Attorneys recognized were: Neville H. Boschert, Litigation: General Commercial; H. Mitchell Cowan, Litigation: General Commercial; Mark T. Davis, Real ...

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