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Analysis: US phases out private prisons, Mississippi shuts 1

Mississippi jumped enthusiastically into using private prisons in the mid-1990s, when the Department of Corrections was under a longstanding federal court order to ease crowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries. The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more ...

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BLAKE ADAMS — Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers

For the vast majority of health-care providers in Mississippi, Medicare reimbursement is an essential component of any practitioner’s or institution’s revenue stream. But let’s face it — no one likes dealing with Medicare enrollment forms. The byzantine paperwork and forms required to participate in the Medicare program (each identified by a jumble of letters and numbers such as the CMS-855A, ...

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KYLE WILLIAMS — Operating commercial drones in Mississippi, what you need to know

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), commonly known as drones, has become more prevalent for both recreation and business-related purposes. Nationally, many businesses, from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses, are using drones to provide a competitive advantage over their peers.  The first authorized use of drones for commercial purposes was by the oil industry, for its operations in ...

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Jurors convict Hattiesburg pastor in federal theft case

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against the Rev. Kenneth Fairley after six hours of deliberation and a trial that stretched over parts of seven days. Fairley is a longtime political ally of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, ...

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Judge orders Hinds County district attorney cases unsealed

A judge has unsealed the court documents from a number of cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Judge Larry Roberts granted motions by The Clarion-Ledger to unseal the records in six court cases and Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill’s administrative file. Some records related to the dispute are in Weill’s file. Lawyers for Attorney General Jim ...

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Analysis: Secrecy plagues court cases involving Hinds DA

The American justice system requires trials to be open to the public. But, so far, secrecy shrouds the legal maneuvering that could lead to a criminal trial where the defendant is the top prosecutor in Mississippi’s largest county. Citizens can’t understand the full story of the problems because at least five cases regarding Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith ...

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ON LAW — 7 steps to maintain corporate formalities

Is your business ready to go to the next level? Are you considering filing for incorporation? To do so, you must first file Articles of Incorporation with the Mississippi Secretary of State, which can be done on its website at sos.ms.gov. After the Articles of Incorporation are filed and the corporation is formed, an organizational meeting is held, bylaws are ...

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WE LAW — Badges, guns, subpoenas & search warrants: What to do?

One day the People with Badges, Guns & Search Warrants may make an unannounced visit to your business. No business should assume it is immune. The state and federal government have a long reach into your business.   The fact you don’t directly take state or federal money doesn’t exempt you.  Your interactions with third parties who receive government funding ...

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Memorial Hospital and Singing River Health System file second lawsuit over Medicaid underpayments

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System (SRHS) have filed a second lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court following a denial of their appeal to the Division of Medicaid (DOM) regarding underpayments that occurred in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014. The lawsuit claims that DOM has a payment methodology   that is contrary to state law. The lawsuit seeks ...

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