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UPDATED: Sorry, gov — Mississippi takes first steps to join Affordable Care Act

  The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred Wednesday: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittable a blueprint for a free market exchange designed to link health insurance ...

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Immigration could test Bryant allegiances to GOP, Tea Party

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders in Mississippi state government may soon find themselves pressured by national GOP leaders to be kinder and gentler on immigration. In the end, the first-term Republican governor could find himself pulled one way by a national party that wants to soften its image as anti-immigrant to regain at least some of the Hispanic ...

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Woman who drove on sidewalk must wear 'idiot' sign

CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will ...

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Wells Fargo quietly sends checks to sidestep mortgage suits

Thousands of Wells Fargo & Co. home loan customers recently received a surprise in the mail: refund checks from the big bank, along with letters saying they had paid unnecessary fees for their mortgages, the Los Angeles Times reports. The unsolicited offers of thousands of dollars arrived with a catch — if the borrowers cash the checks, they can’t later ...

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AG Hood joins effort to protect states' payday lending laws

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined at least 40 other states’ legal officers in opposing legislation in Congress that could pre-empt states’ authority in governing payday lending businesses. Hood says in a news release that the bill in Congress would allow payday lenders, installment lenders, car title lenders, prepaid card issuers and check cashers to obtain a federal charter ...

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Analysis: Sixth Amendment ruling sets no precedent

In a case from Harrison County, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled on the right of a defendant to confront his accusers — a basic right in the U.S. Constitution. Robert Jenkins wanted to question the analyst who tested the illegal drugs he was accused of possessing. Instead, prosecutors put on the stand a laboratory supervisor who only reviewed and ...

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House Speaker Gunn seeking citizen views on legislative issues

  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state next week for a series of town hall-style meetings to gather comments and suggestions in preparation for the 2013 legislative session. The meetings will take place the week of Oct. 8, and each meeting will last for an hour and 15 minutes. Here’s the schedule: Monday, Oct. 8, 
9 a.m. ...

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SBA extending direct loans to coastal businesses, residents in wake of Isaac

  Hurricane Isaac’s late August battering of the Mississippi coast has left an estimated 1,500 businesses eligibility for low-cost federal disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to disaster assistance applications from 1,558 businesses that claim at least some property damage, another 27 businesses that had no physical damage but claim economic injuries have applied ...

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Merger gives Balch & Bingham Florida presence

Balch & Bingham, a Birmingham-based law firm with an office in Jackson, has merged with Jacksonville, Fla.’s Stoneburner Berry Glocker Purcell & Greenhut, a six-attorney firm known for its banking, transactional and wealth management practices. The merger marks Balch & Bingham’s first expansion into Florida and increases the firm’s business and financial services practices. Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office in ...

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Justice Department upholds Mississippi’s new state House, Senate districts

  The U.S. Justice Department has approved Mississippi’s redistricting plans for the state House and Senate. Legislative leaders received word of the approval Friday, the Associated Press reported. The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts had to be redrawn to reflect population shifts revealed by the 2010 Census. Lawmakers approved new plans in the spring. Any election changes in ...

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