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School officials welcome insurance-less Santa

It is not an easy job being Santa Claus. It’s full of risks, and the Jolly Old Elf is sometimes faced with having to carry insurance. But St. Nick is getting a break this year — at least when he visits schoolchildren in one North Mississippi county. For this holiday season, DeSoto County school officials are waiving a requirement that ...

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Liability of maritime pilots might be reduced

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to reduce the liability of maritime vessel pilots to $5,000. House Bill 489 passed the House Tuesday. A similar measure, Senate Bill 2781, passed the Senate. The two chambers will exchange bills and must agree on a single one before anything could go to the governor. Vessel pilots guide ships weighing more than ...

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Judge rules TVA liable for massive ash spill

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A federal judge has ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority is liable for a huge spill of toxin-laden sludge in 2008 in East Tennessee. The judge ruled in favor of hundreds of plaintiffs who sued after a containment dike at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant burst Dec. 22, 2008. The failure spilled five million cubic yards of ash ...

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Judge: BP, partner liable for civil penalties for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge has ruled that BP PLC and one of its minority partners in the blown-out Macondo well are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act for their roles in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also ruled that Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. may be liable ...

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Companies want federal findings kept out of oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them. Billions of dollars are potentially at stake in a trial scheduled for February to determine whether rig owner Transocean can ...

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Covered?

Two senate bills that would have required nursing homes in Mississippi to carry a minimum amount of $500,000 in liability insurance died at the committee deadline last week. Senate Bill 2062 was double-referred to the Senate Insurance Committee and to the Public Health and Welfare Committee. SB 2248 went to Public Health and Welfare and to the Appropriations Committee. Both ...

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