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UM law school to offer first-in-nation LL.M in Air & Space law

The University of Mississippi School of Law will launch the nation’s first LL.M. in Air and Space Law in the fall, with the degree program being available both on campus and online and as a full-time or part-time program. Once it receives the necessary approvals, including the American Bar Association acquiescence – expected this month – the Oxford-based law school ...

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With fewer guns to buy, Mississippi sees big drop in background checks

Gun sales slowed in Mississippi in January based on federal background checks, though sellers say the decline is more a symptom of short supplies of firearms rather than waning demand. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama saw the largest declines in background checks from December to January, by about one-third. Nationwide, firearms background checks dropped by ...

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s Big River Steel LLC, Blytheville, ...

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Center for Justice: Bryant lacks real awareness of health care needs

Gov. Phil Bryant’s pronouncement last week that hospital emergency room access ensures that all Mississippians have health care reflects a poor understanding of how healthcare works for many of the state’s families, the Mississippi Center for Justice says. Replying to Bryant’s statement in an interview with Kaiser Health News, the public-interest law firm also criticized Bryant’s refusal thus-far to accept ...

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Ole Miss law professor killed in auto accident

MENIFEE, Ark. — Officials say a University of Mississippi law professor was killed in a car crash on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Tuesday morning on I-40 between Conway and Little Rock. A preliminary report says that 58-year-old Richard Barnes of Oxford crossed the median into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor ...

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Controversial stands on health care put Bryant, Jindal in spotlight

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are both making national health care news, with Bryant declaring that no one in Mississippi or elsewhere in the nation is without health care and Jindal for cutting off Medicaid funding that provides hospice care for the terminally ill. Jindal expects his state to save from $1 million to $3 million ...

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State severs some unemployment compensation after jobless rate dips

A sustained drop in Mississippi’s jobless rate has led the state to cut off emergency unemployment compensation to some unemployed workers who had previously qualified for the benefits. The reason: Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen below the 9 percent level for a three-month period, triggering off Tier 4 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits. Triggers for each tier of ...

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Huffington Post report portrays Miss. homicide forensics as deeply flawed

The way forensics are handled in the courtroom has become a persistent problem across the country, not just in Mississippi. The one difference in Mississippi has been the obstinacy of state officials to acknowledge the problem, the Huffington Post reports in a lengthy investigative article centered on the investigative and forensics shortcomings involved in the investigation of the 1997 Belzoni ...

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