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State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers yesterday ...

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Lightning strike forces delay in abortion clinic hearing

JACKSON — Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A court clerk approved the extension yesterday, giving the state until ...

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State to receive $35M from settlement with Pfizer

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $532,675 part of a $35 million settlement with a Pfizer Inc. subsidiary over the marketing of an organ-transplant drug. Mississippi and 41 other states are involved in the settlement with Pfizer, the parent company of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. The deal resolves allegations Wyeth misrepresented the uses of the drug Rapamune. A statement from Mississippi Attorney ...

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Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

RICHTON — A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery. The crimes occurred while Gleason was employed ...

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Pickwick Pines settles lawsuit; pays $260K

IUKA — Pickwick Pines Resort and its owner have agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit that the state attorney general filed in federal bankruptcy court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the resort’s owner, David McMeans, will pay $10,000 to the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Fund. He also will pay $250,000 to reimburse the state ...

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Waveland opens door for future casinos

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland has amended its charter to remove a prohibition on casinos. Not that any are planned. “We’re not misleading anybody. We’re not in any negotiations with any casinos,” said Mayor David Garcia. “We just didn’t want it in there. We wanted to remove it as an economic development engine. “Whereas, if Waveland is ever approached ...

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AG Hood warns of 'emergency scam' that uses law firm's name

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has reissued a reminder about the clever scams constantly being executed by con-artists. One current scam, a version of what is known as the “emergency scam,” has circulated and is falsely using the name of a local law firm, Hawkins/Gibson. The law firm reported the calls they have been receiving to the Consumer Protection Division ...

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State sues credit reporting firm Experian for alleged violations

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company’s data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi’s action — and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio — represents a significant new legal challenge to the industry. Attorney General Jim Hood’s complaint against Experian Information Solutions ...

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Woman accused of multi-state scheme to steal identities, forge prescriptions

RANKIN COUNTY — A woman alleged to be stealing identities and forging prescriptions has been arrested following a seven-month investigation, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sylvia Cook, 59, whose last known residence is in Jackson, was arrested in rural Rankin County.  Cook is wanted by Mississippi and Louisiana authorities for multiple counts of identity theft and prescription forgery. Cook ...

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Hood issues opinion on enforcement of voter ID

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has issued an opinion to the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the enforcement of the voter ID requirement at the polls. State law says each person who votes at a polling place must identify himself or herself to an election manager by presenting current and valid photo ID before they may cast their ballot. ...

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