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Bounty Consequences: Saint's Peyton gets 1-year suspension, team loses 2nd round pick

The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year for his involvement in a forbidden “bounty” program, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday. According to Schefter, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for eight games and fined $500,000. The team will also be fined $500,000 and will lose a second round pick in ...

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Mississippi government graded with 6th best level of integrity

Here’s a report card Mississippians can be fairly proud of: A C-plus for government integrity. The grading by The Center for Public Integrity placed the state sixth on the integrity grading scale with a number score of 79 – one point away from achieving a B-. The highest score went to New Jersey with a number score of 87 and ...

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Feds insist bald eagles protected – except when they’re not

In offering a $2,500 reward recently for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a bald eagle in Lucedale, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proclaimed that “every eagle” is protected. Not exactly. A pair of the national birds in Wyoming will soon be sacrificed in a religious service that has the blessing of federal officials. The U.S. ...

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Ms. House OKs vaginal probes for women seeking abortions

The majority of Mississippi House members want to extend the reach of government into the bodies of women who seek abortions in the state. A bill passed out of the Republican-controlled House on a 78-36 vote Wednesday night requires women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound probe before receiving an abortion. No exception is made for rape or incest. The test ...

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Abandoned sites in Gulfport, Canton added to Superfund list

Two closed manufacturing sites in Mississippi have been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list. Chemfax Inc. was a manufacturer of synthetic resins and waxes in Gulfport. Southeastern Wood Preserving was a wood treating operation in Canton. They are among four new Superfund sites the EPA announced Tuesday. The others are in Florida and North Carolina. The EPA’s Superfund ...

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State's immigration bill has same provisions blocked in federal court

If enacted, Mississippi’s proposed anti-immigration law could encounter the same legal obstacles from federal judges who last week blocked two provisions of Alabama’s law. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order temporarily halting a section that says courts can’t enforce contracts involving illegal immigrants and another that makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to do ...

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Ms. immigration law would exempt foreign business execs

Mississippi’s anti-immigration legislation mirrors Alabama’s year-old law in most every way except for whom it exempts. HB488, the strict papers-please law winding its way through the Legislature, gives a hall pass to business execs whose companies are authorized to do business in the Magnolia State. The “no papers, no problem” provision for international business executives is designed to help Mississippi ...

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PERS bills strike certain benefits from retirement salary calculations

A pair of identical Mississippi House and Senate bills that tinker with compensation calculations for public employee retirement purposes survived last Tuesday’s cutoff for advancing out of committees. Legislators held off this year tackling major reforms to the Public Employees Retirement System suggested by former Gov. Haley Barbour’s 12-member study commission. Barbour created the commission and pushed for aggressive reforms ...

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BP avoids trial, agrees to pay $7.8B Gulf oil spill claims

BP will pay an estimated $7.8 billion to settle a lawsuit over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill with attorneys representing thousands of individual plaintiffs and businesses on the eve of a major trial in a New Orleans federal court, the company said Friday night. The Washington Post reported the settlement does not include claims made by Mississippi ...

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Threats, lies get debt collection company in very hot water

We all know how cunning and deceiving debt collectors can be. They’ll rely on intimidation and, on occasion, outright lying in their quest to collect tardy debts. An Atlanta collection agency engaged in the practice far too frequently for far too long. Now it must give up attempts to collect on more than 31,000 accounts it purchased for collection purposes. ...

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