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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

JACKSON — Mississippi’s attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed. In court papers filed Jan. 12, Democrat Jim Hood argues the Internet search giant’s assertion that it is protected by federal law fails to invalidate state laws under which he’s investigating, and that Google has jumped the gun because Hood doesn’t know what information his ...

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Hood reports scam targeting credit unions

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says con artists using an automated phone scam have been targeting credit unions and their clients in Mississippi. A news release from Hood says the scam involves text messages touting a fake “Credit Union 24 Hour Alert.” The messages state that the recipient’s “card has been suspended” and they direct the receiver to call ...

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Mississippi doctors, hospitals take different stands on Medicaid expansion

JACKSON, Mississippi — With a legislative showdown expected any day now over expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 of the state’s uninsured working poor, the Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties ...

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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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FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT — AG concedes legislators likely to decide where $14.1M goes

Mississippi legislators will be the deciders in how to use a $14.2 million direct payment from a $25 billion national mortgage fraud settlement. Attorney General Jim Hood hopes legislators will allocate the money for such things as housing counseling, mortgage-education efforts and for programs to guide victimized homeowners through the settlement process. He concedes, however, it appears Mississippi lawmakers will ...

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UPDATE: DEAL IS DONE … Foreclosure settlement said gaining key state support

WASHINGTON — U.S. states have reached a $25 billion deal with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst. Federal and state officials announced the deal Thursday. It is the biggest settlement involving a single industry since a 1998 multistate tobacco deal. Under the agreement, five major banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan ...

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Center for Public Policy: Roll back retirement benefits for state workers

A Mississippi-based organization that advocates limited government has weighed in on the Mississippi Public Employee Personnel System solvency issue with a call for rollbacks in retirement benefits for some state workers. In a legal brief submitted to a study commission created to study possible reform of PERS, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy challenges state Attorney General Jim Hood’s assertion ...

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Supreme Court asks for briefs related to new certificate of need law

A month after it took effect, a law designed to streamline the appeals process related to certificates of need is having its constitutionality questioned by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court entered an order July 28 asking for briefs from Attorney General Jim Hood, the Mississippi Department of Health and Dialysis Solutions, LLC, that will address the constitutionality of the ...

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FERC: Entergy overcharged customers

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal regulatory judge has ruled that electric utility Entergy Corp. overcharged customers in four states by selling higher priced power to its own subsidiaries. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Monday announced last week’s ruling by an administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The ruling can be appealed and no dollar amount ...

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