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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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MBJ: Mr. Governor, jobs – not disunion – are what Mississippians value

’Ole Miss has its black bear. Not to be outdone, the Governor’s Office has its pander bear. What besides a pander to the “civil-war-is-around-the corner “ crowd could be behind Gov. Phil Bryant’s order to his lieutenants in the Legislature to adopt measures that have their foundation in the long-discredited mid 19th century idea of state nullification of federal laws? ...

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Dems vow ‘blockade’ of PERS revamp plan

Proclaiming that a full scale attack on the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is soon to be underway at the Capitol, Democratic legislators gathered Tuesday to pledge a fight to the finish on the issue. “We’re going to be a blockade,” declared House Minority Leader Bobby Moak at the close of a late morning press conference called in response ...

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Levens is synonymous with accounting on Gulf Coast

On the Mississippi Gulf Coast the Levens name is synonymous with accounting. It began when high school sweethearts Mary and Gene Levens married. He was a financial planner and also prepared tax returns, and she became a self-taught public accountant. Together they had nine children, three of whom are accountants – Bernadette Levens Tolson, CPA, Jerry L. Levens, CPA, CFE, ...

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HORNE stands out because of its breadth of capabilities

HORNE LLP has become not only one of the most respected accounting firms in Mississippi, but the company that started modestly in Laurel in 1962 has grown into a regional powerhouse with 40 partners in 12 offices. With more than 450 employees, HORNE LLP now ranks as the 53rd-largest accounting firm in the country and the fourth-largest firm in the ...

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Ethics Commission chief expects agency to escape budget ax

  Mississippi Ethics Commission Director Tom Hood says he has assurances that a Joint Legislative Budget Committee proposal to cut 18 percent from the tiny watchdog agency’s 2013 budget won’t be carried out. Hood attributed the proposed cut to the timing of the Budget Committee’s work. The committee directed state departments and agencies to provide it a list of vacant ...

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Electronic filing the new standard

With the tax agreement finally reached this week by Congress, the Internal Revenue Service is preparing to move forward with training its customer service employees, modifying forms and publications and programming its computers to align with the changes to the tax law. And although income tax season is looming, there is still time for any necessary adjustments. Before the deal ...

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Fate of insurance exchange unclear as Bryant, Chaney feud over control

  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner. Gov. Phil Bryant and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, both Republicans, disagree about which of them has authority to create a plan and submit it for federal approval. An exchange is an online marketplace where people can ...

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CARTER: Nosy N.Y. newspaper may be doing gun owners a favor

As a lifetime campaigner for public access to government records, I can’t argue with efforts by the Journal News of Putnam County, N.Y., to obtain and publish the names of holders of handgun licenses in their circulation area. The move does, however, bring to mind that unsettling scene in the original Red Dawn movie in which the first thing the ...

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