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Jackson councilman pushes insurance requirement for convenience stores that sell alcoholic beverages

The liability insurance Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes wants to require of convenience stores in the city that sell alcoholic beverages may make the premises safer from mishaps such as slip-and-falls. But don’t look for it to lessen the likelihood of violent incidents – or to even cover customers injured by violence, insurance professionals say. Ward 3’s Stokes has proposed ...

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Speed suit: Eminent domain vote repeals constitutional protections

Leland Speed concedes he may be relying on a “technical violation” in a lawsuit to stop a statewide vote on banning the use of eminent domain to take private property. But he’s got to do whatever he can to keep a “dumb” result from occurring, said Speed, a longtime Jackson real estate investor and now interim head of the Mississippi ...

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Accounting for stimulus funding

For the construction industry, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been a much-needed boost to their bottom line. Mississippi roadbuilders alone have been granted approximately $248 million, roughly equal to a year’s worth of state appropriations for road work. However, in order to take advantage of ARRA funding, contractors must meet compliance issues such as internal ...

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MBJ PROFILE: Cheri Turnage Gatlin

It was a typical day in the life of Cheri Turnage Gatlin, the managing partner of the Jackson office of Burr & Forman, LLP. Her office phone rang almost incessantly, the price one pays for being known as a go-to person in the field of construction law. An associate poked his head to ask a quick question, which led to ...

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Tort to be tested by Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments June 14 on the constitutionality of the state’s $1 million cap on punitive damages in civil jury awards. The argument arose after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals certified the question of the cap’s constitutionality to the Mississippi court. The Fifth Circuit sent the question to the state court as part of the ...

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Electing or appointing?

Each system has its advantages, disadvantages In Mississippi judges are elected and appointed. Is one method better than the other? Often judges are appointed to fill unexpired terms and go on to be elected to their own terms. Nine justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court are elected from three districts. Non-partisan elections are staggered so that not all positions are ...

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Changes normal for judicial system

Recent judicial turnover causes confusion among citizens Recent changes among judges in Mississippi’s judicial system may be confusing to some state citizens, but legal experts say the turnover is the natural progression of keeping judges on the courts’ benches. An appointment to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court left a vacancy on the Mississippi Supreme Court, which was filled by a ...

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Hiring picking up for accountancy grads

Accounting has not been immune to the difficult economy experienced in the past couple of years, but the job market for accounting graduates appears to be on the upswing. “We noticed in 2010 it was much, much more difficult,” said Mark Wilder, Ph.D., CPA, dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy, University of Mississippi. “It was tighter and more challenging ...

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Arinder: One stands out

Enterprise Mississippi promotes vision for state strategic planning Dr. Max Arinder, executive director of the Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER), has been involved in literally hundreds of PEER reports during his 30-year tenure at PEER. One report in particular stands out in his mind as some of the committee’s best work: Report #518, Enterprise ...

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Technology changing the way law is practiced

Attorneys look to stay in touch and informed in new-fashioned ways Like all industries and professions, the legal profession is feeling the effects of technology that’s changing the way law is practiced. Among those changes are a reduction in the number of administrative staff needed in offices, rapid access to information versus hours spent in law libraries, increased cost of ...

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