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Farm Bureau warns of scam; reports activity to AG

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation reports it has been made aware of emails circulating stating the recipient has been awarded a “$1,000 Visa Gift Card free of charge” from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. This is not a legitimate communication from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and there is no such award program in place through Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, ...

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Nations retiring from AGC of Mississippi; son taking his place

JACKSON — After a 35-year career as head of the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi, Perry Nations is retiring. But, the AGC did not have to look far for a replacement. Perry Nations’ son, Lee Nations, has been named the organization’s new leader. Lee Nations’ start date has yet to be made official, but he could step into his father’s ...

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Ex-Cochran aide involved with Abramoff kicked out of halfway house

WASHINGTON — A former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal must spend 15 weekends in jail after getting kicked out of her halfway house for bringing in a steak knife. Ann Copland’s attorney told the judge who sentenced her yesterday that she mistakenly left the knife and a fork in her purse. He ...

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Barbour joining Butler Snow law firm

RIDGELAND — Former Gov. Haley Barbour and his former chief of staff Paul Hurst will join Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC (Butler Snow), according to the firm. Barbour and Hurst will provide leadership to the firm in the areas of economic development, government relations, strategic planning and business development. “Gov. Barbour and Paul are tremendous assets for our ...

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Barbour to return to BGR lobby group

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he’ll return to the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he founded in 1991 That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the plan who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Barbour’s plans were not yet public. The person said Wednesday that Barbour ...

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Ex-lobbyist details how he bilked Choctaws for $20M

PHILADELPHIA — Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff writes in his new book that he spent $20 million from the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi to defeat gambling expansion in Alabama because it would compete with the Choctaws’ casinos. Abramoff writes that he funneled the money from the Choctaw tribe through nonprofit groups over a five-year period to oppose Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery ...

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City terminates contract with lobbyist

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville’s contract with its Washington lobbyist ends this year and will not be renewed. The Delta Democrat Times reports the city council voted 4-2 to end its contract with Steve Pruitt. Pruitt, who was paid $30,000 a year, had lobbied for the city since 2005. City Clerk Amelia Wicks says grants totaled $2.4 million in ...

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