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County files challenge to EPA's air-quality ruling

HERNANDO — A Mississippi county is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to group the county with Memphis on ozone levels. The Commercial Appeal reports the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors met in closed session to discuss litigation filed against the EPA. Gary Rikard, an attorney who represents the county on the issue, says the Mississippi Commission on Environmental ...

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City's annexation plan upheld by Supreme Court

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo’s plan to expand its borders has been upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16-square-mile annexation would add approximately 2,500 residents to the city. Special Chancellor Edward Prisock approved the city’s annexation plan Dec. 17, 2010, but the decision was appealed by Lee County, the Belden Fire Protection ...

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Abortion clinic director expects more restrictions despite ruling

JACKSON — The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic said yesterday she expected legislators to keep trying to put new restrictions on the facility and the procedure, regardless of how a federal judge rules in a fight over a new state law. “They’ve made their intent quite clear,” Diane Derzis told The Associated Press. “They’re going to keep coming back. ...

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Chicago law firm asks Court to toss fraud verdict

JACKSON — A Chicago-based law office has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a jury’s verdict saying it owes $103 million to a businessman who claimed the firm defrauded him. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 17 in Jackson. The case is among dozens the court will take up during its July-August term. The docket includes a separate ...

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Court upholds firing of forester who opposed state logging plan

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Franklin County forester who opposed a logging plan pushed by the state. The decision overturned a 2010 order by Franklin County judge who found the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s firing of Stephen Oglesby was wrong. According to court records, Oglesby was at odds with the commission over ...

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Supreme Court: UMMC must abide by state's CON law

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center must follow the state’s certificate-of-need law, though health officials can decide when it must do so, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The law limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide. The unanimous ruling came in a lawsuit on the issue of whether UMMC, as a ...

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Judge rules: Scruggs' judicial bribery conviction upheld

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has dismissed imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ push to vacate his 2009 conviction in a judicial bribery case The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday dismissed Scruggs’ motion. If he decides to appeal, the matter would move to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. ...

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Judge orders Rep. Aldridge to pay more than $200K to aunt

TUPELO — A state judge yesterday ordered Rep. Brian Aldridge to pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father who held her power of attorney and ultimately wiped it out. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chancellor Michael Malski ordered Aldridge to pay Florence Aldridge $218,355. Malski said that even though Aldridge was not ...

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Appeals Court rules against VT Halter in Navy-trade secrets lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — Federal prosecutors say the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a $1.4 million judgment against the Navy for allegedly disclosing trade secrets on the design of a military craft to a rival. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the appellate court has ruled against United States Marine Inc. and Pascagoula-based VT Halter Marine Inc., ...

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Supreme Court rules in favor of accountant

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld its decision to throw out a verdict against accountant Mignon Willis, who had been ordered to pay her former employer more than $185,000 for failing to perform her responsibilities. The court yesterday denied Rehab Solutions’ motion to reconsider. A jury in Lee County in 2010 awarded the Tupelo company $133,574 in compensatory ...

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