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Groups demand end to Obama’s administration “Too Big to Jail” doctrine on bank execs

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s early March concession that the banking executives who contributed to the nation’s banking collapse are “to big to jail” has brought protests from around the country. Holder, in March 6 testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, said going after leaders of the big banks for illegal activity related to the banking crisis of the last ...

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Governor of Tennessee joins peers refusing Medicaid plan

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has rejected expansion of Medicaid in his state over impatience with the Obama administration’s for approval of his proposal to let the state use the money to buy private insurance for the working poor who wold otherwise be covered by Medicaid expansion. In turning down Medicaid expansion, Haslam called for a the federal health care ...

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Where’d you get that catfish? Miss. diners can now get the full answer

Customers of Mississippi restaurants will now know whether the catfish on their table is domestically produced or is an imported variety of catfish-like pangasius, also sold as basa, tra and swai. Mississippi producers persuaded legislators this month to amend the state’s catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin of foreign produced pangasius, a ...

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Butler Snow opens new Nashville office and conference center in The Pinnacle

Law Firm occupies two floors, more than 46,000 square feet in signature downtown building NASHVILLE — Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC — which expanded its Nashville office to 44 attorneys last year — has opened its new office and conference center at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place. The office, according to a release, is located on the 15th ...

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Landmark final offer for DOR HQ came in $10M above South Pointe’s

  With a 20-year-lease offer of $48.5 million on the table, downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center held a clear lead in the competition to become the new headquarters of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Rivals South Pointe Business Park in Clinton and Diversified Technologies complex in Ridgeland presented offers of $51.4 million and $53.4 million, respectively. But in the next phase ...

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Three Roberts hotels sold at bankruptcy auction; Walthall not included

A hearing is set for April 3 in St. Louis to finalize the sale of three hotels owned by St. Louis-based Roberts Cos., owners of downtown Jackson’s shuttered Roberts Vista Hotel. The Jackson property, known for several decades as The Walthall, is not among the Roberts hotels to be sold April 3. The 85-year-old East Capitol Street landmark is in ...

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Air control towers at Golden Triangle Airport, Meridian’s Key Field get reprieves on closings

Ties to military operations have exempted Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus and Key Field in Meridian from closing under a funding cutoff set to begin April 7 under the federal budget sequester. Five other “contract towers” in the state — Tupelo, Greenville, Oliver Branch, Jackson, and Bay St. Louis – failed to gain exemptions under “national interest” criteria set ...

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Punxsutawney Phil hit with felony charge after botched spring forecast

Officials in Butler County, Ohio, have indicted a famous groundhog for the rash of cold winter-type weather we’ve been having, television news station Fox 19 in Cincinnati reports. The indictment, filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, alleges that on or about February 02, 2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause ...

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White House shows new flexibility on Medicaid expansion options

The White House is encouraging skeptical state officials to expand Medicaid by subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for low-income people, even though that approach might be somewhat more expensive, federal and state officials say. Ohio and Arkansas are negotiating with the Obama administration over plans to use federal Medicaid money to pay premiums for commercial insurance that will be ...

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