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Federal appeals court: State's abortion law is unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court said today that it won’t reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitutional. The decision means the law remains blocked and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open. The law required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued the state to try ...

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Tax professionals need crystal ball for year end advice

Forget the calculators and computers this tax season. CPAs and other tax professionals are looking to the proverbial crystal ball as they wait to see what Congress might do in the next few months about extending tax breaks. Jerry Levens with CPA firm Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre in Gulfport said individual taxpayers and especially the small business ...

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CPAs give helpful advice about selecting a tax preparer

As the year draws to a close, tax season looms in the next few months. Finding an income tax preparer can be challenging. Members of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Ted Edwards, Pam Steverson and Tom Byrne have some useful advice to offer. Edwards chairs the association’s taxation committee and is with Haddox Reid Eubanks Betts in Jackson. ...

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(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau’s administration ...

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Former USM employee charged with stalking ex-colleagues

HATTIESBURG — Police at the University of Southern Mississippi say a former campus employee is charged with seven misdemeanor counts each of stalking and disturbing the peace. Investigators say 31-year-old Quandom Benn was arrested after turning himself in to university police yesterday. Capt. Rusty Keys says Benn was a computer technician on the Hattiesburg campus before resigning early in the ...

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Ex-USM student accused of email threat, stalking faculty

CARRIERE — A former student at the University of Southern Mississippi has been arrested on charges alleging he stalked two faculty members and posted an email threat against the school’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The university says 40-year-old Joshua H. Scarabin, of Carriere, has been charged with two counts of cyberstalking and one count of posing a threat ...

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Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Ex-director of MVLP pleads guilty to stealing federal money

JACKSON — The former executive director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project has pleaded guilty to the theft of federal funds. Prospectors say 47-year-old Shirley Mae Williams of Jackson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal information alleges that from January 2009 through December 2012, Williams used less $1,000 in federal funds from the organization to ...

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