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AG rules state must allow same-sex ceremony at museum

JACKSON — Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, Mississippi officials have relented on a ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies at a state-owned museum and are processing a permit for two women. The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson on July 12, threatening to sue if officials didn’t allow ...

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Attorney General warns of e-mail scam involving U.S. Postal Service

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians of a bogus email scam targeting postal customers. The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and falsely tell the receiver about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. Some mention unpaid delivery fees. The scam email encourages you to click on a link or open an attachment, but Postal ...

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Bill cutting Hood's authority headed to governor's desk

JACKSON — A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The Mississippi Senate voted 34-18 yesterday to pass House Bill 211, after the House voted 64-55 for final passage Tuesday. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Hood opposes the bill, saying it’s unconstitutional and ...

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Bar dismisses complaint against Hood over political ad

JACKSON — The Mississippi Bar has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Jim Hood over a political ad tied to the killing of a Louisiana priest. Attorney Brian Alexander of Bay St. Louis filed the complaint last November. It alleged that Hood’s ad tainted the prospective jury pool by referring to Jeremy Wayne Manieri as someone who “murdered a 70-year-old ...

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Senators vote to restrict attorney general's powers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate voted 32-17 yesterday to restrict Attorney General Jim Hood’s power to control the state’s legal business. The bill would write into law what share of a verdict could be earned by outside lawyers hired on contingency. It would also require that the attorney general appoint outside lawyers if he had a “significant disagreement as to ...

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Aldermen question stipends received by Davis; petition Hood

SOUTHAVEN — The Southaven Board of Alderman has asked the attorney general’s office whether two stipends received by Mayor Greg Davis are legal. The Commercial Appeal reports a $5,000 educational stipend and a $2,700 longevity stipend are added to the mayor’s $145,000 annual salary. A seven-month investigation by the state auditor’s office revealed that Davis misspent $153,000 on clothing, a ...

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House passes bill limiting Hood's power to hire private attorneys

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are moving forward with efforts to limit the attorney general’s power to hire private attorneys to file lawsuits for the state. Attorney General Jim Hood is the only Democrat remaining in statewide elected office, and he opposes their efforts. A bill that passed the House Judiciary A Committee yesterday says any statewide elected official or ...

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Hood blasts Barbour on pardons; defends staff member

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has issued a statement denying former Gov. Haley Barbour’s allegation that one of the Attorney General’s Office staff members did not publicize Barbour’s last-minute pardons for former Governor’s Mansion trustees as called for by state law. Hood wrote: “It is unfortunate that former Gov. Barbour has made some misrepresentations about the role of our ...

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Simpson announces candidacy for attorney general

JACKSON — Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says his experience prepares him to be the state’s attorney general. The 52-year-old Simpson announced his candidacy today as a Republican. Democrat Jim Hood, who’s 48, is seeking a third term as attorney general. Hood was a district attorney in nNorth Mississippi before winning statewide office. Simpson worked six years as an ...

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Hood going for another term

JACKSON — Democrat Jim Hood says he’ll seek a third term as Mississippi attorney general in 2011, ending speculation that he might run for governor. Hood, a former district attorney from northern Mississippi, was elected attorney general in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Hood, 47, said in a statement Friday that he is “fortunate to have a job that allows ...

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