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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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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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Refund ordered for Kemper power customers

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. has been ordered to refund its customers for a rate increase put into effect in 2013 to begin paying for Kemper County power plant it is building. The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the refund Thursday. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said the state Public Service Commission erred in granting the increase. The PSC ...

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Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

MONTGOMERY — Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state’s chief justice — an outspoken opponent — to block the weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn’t stop the marriages from beginning in the state, and shortly after, probate judges began granting the licenses to couples, some of ...

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Former Miss. Supreme Court chief justice Lee dies at 99

FOREST — Roy Noble Lee, who served 16 years on the Mississippi Supreme Court and retired as chief justice in 1993, died Wednesday at his home in Forest. He was 99. Funeral services were pending with Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest, where he was chairman of the board. Then-Gov. Cliff Finch appointed Lee to fill a vacancy on ...

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Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

WASHINGTON — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next ...

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Madison rental ordinance dispute before Miss. Supreme Court

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to review property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. The state Court of Appeals denied Crook’s appeal in 2014. City officials say Crook, a ...

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Justices Scalia and Kagan to speak at Ole Miss

OXFORD — Two U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to speak at the University of Mississippi. Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan will speak Monday at a session hosted by the Ole Miss law school. The session will be moderated by law school Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, a constitutional law professor. Though Scalia generally sides with conservatives on the court ...

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African American voters ask for Cochran's help after runoff victory

JACKSON — After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the ...

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Legal-Bay: BP claims settlement headed to Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS — Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, believes the British Petroleum Inc. Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims settlement will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court under a writ of certiorari. Legal-Bay said the issues revolve around constant legal wrangling by B.P. to drastically alter the landmark settlement, by claiming that the settlement is not ...

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