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State’s at-will employment doctrine vulnerable in gun lawsuit

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By TED CARTER A federal lawsuit over the firing of an Aurora Flight Sciences worker for having a gun in his car at work could soon punch a large hole in Mississippi’s  150-year-old “at-will employment” doctrine. While Robert Swindol’s suit against drone aircraft maker Aurora Flight Sciences is still under review by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New ...

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High court rejects challenge to Miss. campaign finance law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups spending at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot measure. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the law over claims it is too burdensome. Five Mississippi residents ...

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Supreme Court justice David Chandler steps down to run foster care system

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Associate State Supreme Court Justice David Chandler is stepping down from the bench to take over Mississippi’s troubled foster care system. The announcement, effectively immediately, was made Monday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant says Chandler and the Division of Family and Children’s Services will report directly to him, instead of to Department of Human Services Executive Director Rickey Berry. The ...

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Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl

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Mobile home parks in Pearl and Richland similar to the one pictured have been involved in a legal battle that has favored the park owners.

By TED CARTER Pearl has failed in an effort to show that its actions against a mobile park differed from those of Richland, whose attempt to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots met with defeat in the Supreme Court in May. Like Richland, Pearl has no legal authority to stop a park owner from filling a vacant lot, ...

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Same-sex couples have few private workplace protections in Mississippi

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  By TED CARTER  The U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriages legal but huge gaps remain in protecting gays, lesbians and transgender Americans from discrimination in private-sector hiring, firing and worker benefits. So says Matthew Steffey, a Mississippi College School of Law professor whose expertise includes civil rights and constitutional law. “Married in the morning, fired in the afternoon” ...

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Grenada County clerk resigns over same-sex marriages

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GRENADA — Grenada County’s circuit clerk is resigning, saying that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates her religious beliefs. Linda Barnette submitted her resignation letter Tuesday to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. Grenada County Chancery Clerk Johnny Haward says supervisors voted to name Michele Redditt as acting circuit clerk. Advocates say clerks in a majority of Mississippi’s 82 ...

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More than 75,000 in Mississippi keep insurance subsidies

Jessica Ellis, right, with "yay 4 ACA" sign, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act, react with cheers as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republican leaders who criticized the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, as he called the law “a socialist takeover of health care.” Mississippi is one of 34 states where consumers use the federal health insurance marketplace because the 34 did not create their ...

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Candidate asks PSC to block rate hikes till order fulfilled

Associated Press Regulators should block rate increases for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County plant until all the mandates of a state Supreme Court decision are fulfilled, Hattiesburg oilman Tommy Blanton says. It was Blanton’s lawsuit that threw financing arrangements for the $6.2 billion plant into doubt. In a Tuesday filing before the Mississippi Public Service Commission, Blanton’s lawyer wrote that ...

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A caution light for Pearl, Ridgeland on land-use?

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Supreme Court decision could be obstacle to cities’ efforts to redo rental property law By TED CARTER The May 14 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in a Richland mobile home park case reinforces the belief that state and constitutional law protects non-conforming land uses, says the lawyer who won the case and others who watched it closely. The lawyers were not alone ...

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Court sets hearing on rewording initiative ballot

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said Friday oral arguments will be heard June 9 on a lawsuit challenging a judge’s decision to reword a legislative alternative to an education funding ballot initiative. Briefs are to be filed by June 1. The citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” People ...

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