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Trading his cleats for law books – Former Ole Miss Rebel, NFL player Ben Claxton sets his sights on law degree

Ben Claxton has a bit of a different background for a law school student. Now in his second year at the Mississippi College School of Law, Claxton played for the NFL for nine years before injuries forced his retirement. Claxton, 33, won many awards as center on the University of Mississippi football team. While he was in college, he had ...

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One year old and growing — Appellate Practice Section seeks to increase advocacy in state’s appellate courts

Just one year old, the Appellate Practice Section of the Mississippi Bar Association has approximately 100 members and is running smoothly. It was started to increase the level of advocacy in the state’s appellate courts. These court decisions affect all Mississippians – decisions regarding business issues, family law, custodial matters and capital punishment. “In Mississippi, as in every jurisdiction, appellate ...

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Pickering: Union County deaths went uninvestigated while coroner hauled in huge sums

JACKSON, Mississippi – State Auditor Stacy Pickering has ordered former Union County coroner Mark Golding to pay the state $398,418 for work he never performed. Pickering says $278,591 of the total is in false claims Golding submitted to Union County supervisors for deaths he did not investigate. The Auditor’s Office says it began an investigation on Golding on May 28 ...

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Mississippi ends Q2 with 18.3% of home mortgages underwater; another 6.2% at risk of falling there

Nearly one in four Mississippi homeowners ended the second quarter owing more on their homes than the homes are worth, California-based real estate survey and data analysis firm CoreLogic reports. While Mississippi showed a negative equity rate of 18.3 percent for the quarter, home mortgages underwater nationally decreased to 14.5 percent from the previous quarter’s 14.56 percent, CoreLogic reports. In ...

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Feds cite Delta Oil Mill for 25 work safety violations, 22 termed 'serious'

GREENWOOD, Mississippi – Federal work safety regulators have slapped the more than half-century old Delta Oil Mill with a $83,415 fine after discovering 25 safety and health violations at the cottonseed oil plant. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint alleging a worker sustained a back injury after ...

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How Mississippi turned $3.5 million into $80 million

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has validated that old adage that you must spend money to make money. A Washington Post report published today details how increased tax collection enforcement efforts from a $3.5 legislative allocation helped lead to collection of $190 million in unpaid taxes and increase state revenues by more than $80 million over the previous year. The ...

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New curbs on military surplus gun imports among Obama’s new firearms rules

WASHINGTON — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations, the Associated Press reports. Four months after a gun control drive collapsed spectacularly ...

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Foreclosures, late mortgage payments down in Jackson, rest of state

JACKSON, Mississippi — More metro Jackson homeowners are making their mortgage loan payments on time and staying out of foreclosure, real estate research and data firm CoreLogic reported Wednesday, and noted metro foreclosures finished June below the national average. Foreclosures and tardy mortgage payments decreased statewide as well in June, CoreLogic said. For June, CoreLogic data showed that the rate ...

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UMMC in talks to make Jackson’s Landmark home for 300 workers

JACKSON, Mississippi — Downtown’s long vacant Landmark Center is the preferred choice of the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center for a new workplace for around 300 information technology workers and other support staff, the Mississippi Business Journal first reported Wednesday. The governing board of the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning would have to approve UMMC’s purchase of the 340,000 square-foot ...

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