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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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With S&P suit settled, Mississippi set to take on Moody’s over flawed investment ratings

By TED CARTER A recent big-dollar settlement with Standard & Poor’s over misleading ratings put on sub-prime mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial collapse has cleared the way for Mississippi and Connecticut to resume a similar case against Moody’s Ratings Service. The two states put their action against Moody’s on hold during settlement negotiations with S&P that resulted in a Feb. ...

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(UPDATE) Judge rules on Google request on attorney general inquiry

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Monday granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction. The order prevents Hood from going through with a subpoena meant to examine whether Google is facilitating others’ illegal activities on its sites. The Internet ...

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State’s Consumer Protection Act key to forcing S&P settlement on bogus bond ratings

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s Consumer Protection Act’s provision against making deceptive claims is credited as a key tool in extracting a $33 million settlement from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service and parent McGraw-Hill Companies. The settlement announced Feb. 3 is part of agreement by which S&P’s Rating Services turns over $1.375 billion to put the litigation behind it. The Justice Department ...

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AG opinions: Biloxi can't sell naming rights to ball field

BILOXI — A Mississippi attorney general’s office opinion has derailed an agreement between Biloxi and the Shuckers minor league baseball team to sell the naming rights for MGM Park’s playing field. The agreement had called for the city to earn an extra $50,000 a year to help repay the construction bond for the stadium. The attorney general’s opinion reads, in ...

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has qualified for the office of ...

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Google asks judge to block Miss. attorney general's inquiry

JACKSON — An Internet giant was scheduled to face off with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Friday. Google will ask U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to block an investigation by Hood into the company. Hood has been pushing Google since 2013 to prevent use of the company’s search engine to find illegal drugs and pirated music, video games ...

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