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Grocery store settles discrimination case with EEOC

JACKSON — A Jackson grocery store has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said today in a news release that it reached the deal with Venture Inc., which runs a Save-A-Lot grocery store on Ellis Avenue in west Jackson. In a statement today, Venture Inc. said it ...

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Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing and the Sun Herald newspaper ...

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Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented his releasing documents seized from ...

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Judge to weigh Hood's credit card issuer lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge in Mississippi has been ordered to decide if Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against six credit card issuers should remain in U.S. District Court in Jackson. If the judge rules there is no federal issue to resolve, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the lawsuit should return to state ...

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Williams, Big Tobacco whistleblower, dies at age 72

OCEAN SPRINGS — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking. Williams died last week of a heart attack in Ocean Springs his daughter, Jennifer ...

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Business owners' appeal for new Monsanto trial tossed

OXFORD — A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial from a north Mississippi company sued by Monsanto Co. for saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season. U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled that Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs owe Monsanto Co. $6.3 million damages as a jury found in 2010. Prejudgment interest dating ...

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Supreme Court tosses doctor's breach of contract lawsuit

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.27-million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. The court ordered a new hearing in Hinds County on the issue of damages. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish ...

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Hercules asks judge to allow EPA to address city's complaints

HATTIESBURG — Hercules Inc. and its parent company have asked a federal judge to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to address complaints raised by the city of Hattiesburg in its lawsuit that alleges improper disposal of harmful chemicals in its facility. The city sued for damages from what it has called decades of pollution from the Hercules plant site, which ...

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Businesses sue city over street improvement project

HATTIESBURG — Four businesses on a busy Hattiesburg Street are suing Hattiesburg city government, claiming a street improvement project has cost them customers. The project on Hardy Street began Oct. 30, 2012, according to The Hattiesburg American. The work is nearly complete and traffic is flowing again. But Justin Green says customers have gotten out of the habit of stopping ...

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State receives settlement involving securities violation

JACKSON — Mississippi has received $34,070 in settlement funds from a state securities violation. Another multi-state investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which includes Mississippi, found RBC Capital Market employees sold securities without properly registering with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. “Registering investment advisors provides confidence to Mississippi citizens when they purchase securities in Mississippi, ...

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