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Bi-partisan criminal justice panel urges refocusing of sentencing, parole policies

In a report issued Tuesday, the Mississippi Criminal Justice Task Force concluded Mississippi’s criminal justice and corrections systems are at a critical crossroads. The Task Force concluded that the route the state has taken up to now leads to more than a quarter of a billion dollars in additional spending over the next 10 years; a second route that would ...

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Ex-police officer learning consequences of social media misuse

It seems a rather simple proposition — use social media wisely or face the consequences. Yet, there continues to be a lack of awareness as to the ramifications of social media misuse and what constitutes legally protected free speech. A former Delta police officer is learning that the hard way. A federal judge has ruled against a former police officer ...

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Nationally, new home sales surge 25% in October

New home sales are surging, according to a report from the U.S. government on Wednesday. Sales of new single family homes jumped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000 in October, up 25.4% from the previous month’s revised rate, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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CertainTeed says $103M legal settlement won’t hamper Meridian restart

Building materials maker CertainTeed says a defective product settlement that leaves the company on the hook for $103 million won’t jeopardize plans to reopen a ceiling materials plant in Meridian in 2014. The Valley Forge-Pa. based CertainTeed says work is on track for a July reopening of the ceiling tile plant the company closed in 2009. The reopened plant will ...

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Joint Legislative panel's $5.86 billion budget leaves 2,000 jobs unfilled

  JACKSON, Mississippi – Who is the big spender here? The tag goes to Gov. Phil Bryant based on his $6.1 billion 2014 spending plan. In fairness to Bryant, Mississippi’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee was well aware of an opportunity to undercut the governor and did just that when the Tate Reeves-led panel presented a $5.86 billion budget Tuesday morning. ...

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Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

JACKSON, Mississippi — Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Tom Allain, a nephew, says the former governor was 85. A law associate, Louis Clifford, says Allain had been hospitalized ...

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Hood: Keep it 'real' this holiday-buying season

As the holiday shopping season approaches, Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding Mississippians about the dangers associated with buying counterfeit goods. “Almost everyone wants a good deal and wants to save money, but buying counterfeit poses serious health and safety risks, not to mention loss of revenue to businesses,” said Hood.  “As parents, we need to set the example for our ...

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Foreclosures dip statewide in September

Foreclosure rates in Jackson dropped more than a half percentage point in September compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, foreclosures statewide dropped by nearly two-thirds of a percentage point in September from September 2012, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a California-based real estate research firm. The CoreLogic data shows that the rate of Jackson area foreclosures ...

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Wills for Heroes providing documents for first responders

Many changes came about as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. One of the more positive changes was the Wills for Heroes program for first responders. It was started by two lawyers in South Carolina and came to the attention of the American Bar Association. From there it spread to other states. It began in 2010 ...

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