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State looking to Hood for guidance on same-sex benefits signups

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By TED CARTER State officials are awaiting word from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on when to extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state and school employees. The Department of Finance and Administration, the state agency that administers worker benefits to state and public school workers, says it needs guidance from Hood on whether to make the benefit signups ...

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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

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Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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Hood says Mississippi settles some tobacco claims for $15M

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  JACKSON — Mississippi’s attorney general says the nation’s largest tobacco company will pay the state $15 million to settle claims that it was underreporting the number of cigarettes it was shipping to the state. On Monday, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the settlement with Reynolds American of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Reynolds American succeeded two companies that Mississippi raised claims ...

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Chaney easily outdoes challenger in campaign fundraising

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is far outstripping his challenger in campaign contributions as they head toward a Republican primary on Aug. 4. Chaney, who is seeking his third term as commissioner, reported on his May 8 form with the Secretary of State that he has received $116,425 this year, compared with John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body ...

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State wants drug supplier's name kept secret during appeal

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state’s execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge’s order that the name be released. Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled last month that the state’s public records law requires officials to release the information, sought by death-penalty opponents ...

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Judge rules against Mississippi attorney general over Google

JACKSON — A federal judge has ruled against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his effort to keep Google from getting its hands on correspondence between Hood and lobbyists for the movie industry. It’s the latest defeat for Hood in his effort to investigate the Internet search giant, after the same judge wrote a stinging opinion in March suggesting that ...

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Terry mayor arrested following indictment for embezzlement

The Mayor of the City of Terry has been arrested today on charges he embezzled from the City, announced State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Attorney General Jim Hood jointly today. Roderick Nicholson was arrested today by special agents from the Auditor’s Office and investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by a Rankin County Grand Jury on ...

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Hood asks U.S. for probe of 'steering' of customers by insurers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate allegations that some insurance companies’ are “steering” auto policyholders to certain repair shops and coercing those shops to use inferior replacement parts. The intent of those practices is to pad the insurers’ bottom line, Hood said in the letter dated March 13. Hood’s ...

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State asks to keep drug supplier's name secret during appeal

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi’s execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name. Earlier this month, Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled that the state’s public records law required release of the information, sought by death penalty opponents at the ...

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TED CARTER — Hammer comes down on those predatory robocallers (kind of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The Mississippi PSC’s Brandon Presley says the robo offenders have promised to quit annoying Mississippians. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating ...

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