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Hood believes his office will be funded

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday he is “confident” the Legislature would pass budgets to fund his office and the state’s transportation system before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The 2017 session of the Mississippi Legislature ended last week without budget bills to fund Hood’s office, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and ...

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Hood deposits $34M, lobbies for mental health spending

As budget writers try to stretch Mississippi’s cash to cover its needs, Attorney General Jim Hood is chipping in $34.4 million. The Democratic attorney general announced Thursday that he had deposited the winnings from lawsuits into the state’s general fund. Most of the money came from a $26 million settlement with credit rating agency Moody’s Corp. announced in January. Hood ...

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House reverses course, votes to limit AG’s ability to file lawsuits

By BOBBY HARRISON House leaders were able to reverse enough votes Wednesday to pass legislation that could prevent Mississippi’s attorney general from pursuing lawsuits like the 1990s tobacco litigation that resulted in a settlement of more than $4 billion for state coffers. The legislation passed 63-56 Wednesday. The legislation had been defeated 58-60 last week, but was held on a motion ...

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In reversal, House votes to limit attorney general’s powers

The Republican-led Mississippi House has reversed course and advanced a bill to limit powers of the Democratic attorney general. House Bill 555 passed 63-55 Wednesday, mostly along party lines. It moves to the Senate. The vote came one week after the bill originally failed 58-60. The bill would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board before filing ...

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Analysis: Secrecy plagues court cases involving Hinds DA

The American justice system requires trials to be open to the public. But, so far, secrecy shrouds the legal maneuvering that could lead to a criminal trial where the defendant is the top prosecutor in Mississippi’s largest county. Citizens can’t understand the full story of the problems because at least five cases regarding Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith ...

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AG: State’s leadership not focused on people

By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act, ...

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Deceptive phishing schemes target consumers

As criminals find new ways to commit identity theft and fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood today urged Mississippi consumers to use caution when receiving an email or text message that initially looks likes legitimate correspondence from a bank or business. The reminder comes at the same time some consumers were targets of an email purported to be from a Memphis-based ...

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Analysis: Sprawling Google litigation keeps testing Jim Hood

  JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood professes pride in the number of large corporations that he’s gone after as Mississippi’s chief legal officer. But the sprawling Google litigation he’s involved in continues to spawn embarrassing incidents. Questions about Hood’s role are spilling over into his re-election race for attorney general against Republican Mike Hurst. It didn’t help that Google ...

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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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