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Judicial races are only sorta, kinda nonpartisan

Mississippi’s judicial elections are nonpartisan in name only. State law requires candidates to run without party labels, and the state Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judicial candidates from making specific promises about how they would decide cases. However, nothing stops political parties and politicians from exercising their First Amendment rights by choosing favorites. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has been out ...

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BRIDGFORTH RUTLEDGE — Which is better? One entity ownership vs. multiple entity ownership

I have clients who own multiple properties (or multiple businesses), and they are sometimes not sure whether they should own each property/business in the same entity (such as a limited liability company or corporation) or form different entities to own each property/business separately. They are also not sure whether they should individually own the entity that owns the asset or ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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MAULDIN — A day late and a dollar short: Mississippi Supreme Court underscores boorish side of ‘Gentleman’s Deal’

I’ve lived in my current home for about two years. It’s on the corner of a well-trafficked intersection, and we have a shed in the backyard. A few weeks back, I went to work and left the door to the shed unlocked – intentionally – despite the fact I’m generally aware that if you want to ensure your property is ...

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State says it will seek other uses for just-closed prison

Mississippi’s prison system says it will seek some other use for the just-closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. The facility had been run by private companies — most recently Utah-based Management and Training Corp. — but is owned by a public authority. Bond documents issued in July show the state still owes almost $94 million that was borrowed to build and ...

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Former Forrest Co. sheriff’s chief deputy terminated

Former Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charles Bolton has been officially terminated from office. County Administrator Betty Carlisle told the Hattiesburg American Monday Bolton’s termination was effective Thursday, the day after Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, each were found guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns. Charles Bolton also was found guilty on four counts of ...

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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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