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Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and ...

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State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the ...

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Nine arrested in international online sales scam case

BATON ROUGE, La. — Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam. A news release from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office on Tuesday said the nine are suspected to have ties to organized crime in Romania. They are alleged to have stolen about $1.4 million from more ...

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PEER: Backlog of parole candidates costing state

JACKSON — Mississippi prison officials say they’re working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report today that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they’re eligible, and that is causing the ...

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Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple's divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that it would hear the case ...

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Police find Attorney General Hood's stolen handgun

JACKSON — Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood. The gun was found at the home of a 72-year-old man involved in a domestic dispute, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said the gun and other personal items were stolen from Hood’s vehicle during daylight ...

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State's consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading information and charging unauthorized fees. ...

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Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended the Memphis meeting along with ...

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States reach settlement with Phusion over 'Four Loko'

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood reports he and 19 other attorneys general and the city attorney of San Francisco have reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding Four Loko. As part of the settlement, Phusion has agreed to pay the plantiffs $400,000. Mississippi’s portion of this settlement is $14,047.62. The settlement resolves allegations that Phusion marketed and sold ...

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Hood testifies before UN Human Rights Committee

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood recently joined the United States delegation appearing before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation appeared before the U.N. in Geneva to help the U.S. government address questions regarding the implementation of treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The delegation was led by the ...

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