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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against federal Medicaid expansion efforts. However, ...

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Appellate law guru Luther Munford departs Phelps Dunbar for Butler Snow

Luther Munford, a veteran Jackson attorney who wrote the book on Mississippi appellate law, has joined Butler Snow as a member of the Ridgeland-based firm’s Appellate and Written Advocacy Practice Group.   Munford, previously of Phelps Dunbar, will “certainly strengthen our appellate team,” said Donald Clark Jr., Butler Snow chairman. Munford is a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia ...

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Mississippi Economic Council tour wants ideas on making business better

The Mississippi Economic Council Insight Tour has a couple of more weeks to go before arriving in Hattiesburg on March 1 for its final stop. The tour, which began in Gulfport on Jan. 24, is gathering thoughts and suggestions on strengthening the state’s business climate and offers participants a chance to network with business people from around the state. The ...

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Carter: Miss. played as chump as Amazon takes tax-free ride

Amazon.com is clearly in a bind as states grow more eager to tax the online sales of the world’s largest cyber retailer. That makes it difficult to understand why Mississippi doesn’t stop digging through the couch cushions for loose change when it instead could get in line for a well deserved payday. If nothing else, Mississippi could leverage some jobs ...

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Senate property panel OKs Blount’s office consolidation proposals

State Sen. David Blount’s is seeing early success with a pair of bills to consolidate 28 state offices now scattered throughout the metro area into privately owned vacant office space within the Capitol Complex, an area extending from downtown to Lakeland Drive. Blount’s bill has won approval from the Senate Public Property Committee and now heads to the full Senate ...

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Feds, states join Miss. in suing S&P over suspect mortgage bond ratings

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood now has ample company in a fight to force Standard and Poor’s to give up hundreds of millions it made in profits in exchange for suspect ratings of mortgage bonds before the financial crisis of 2008. In essence, enforcement actions filed Tuesday by the states and U.S. Justice Department accuse S&P of a rate- for-pay ...

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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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