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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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Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the bill would modernize and improve ...

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Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong ...

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Supreme Court refuses to hear drilling moratorium case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The high court today refused to hear an appeal from offshore service companies that challenged the moratorium. A federal judge overturned the Interior Department’s decision ...

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City loses again in court in dispute over mental health clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Ocean Springs in its dispute with a mental health clinic that wanted to locate in the coastal city. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that the city erred in denying a use permit to the Psycamore mental health clinic. The Supreme Court yesterday upheld ...

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County to begin enforcing oil/gas field fencing, signage ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County is soon to begin enforcing a fencing and signage ordinance for local oil and gas fields that was contested and affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year. Sheriff Billy McGee tells The Hattiesburg American his deputies likely will begin enforcing the ordinance this week after briefings on the ordinance’s provisions and a survey of ...

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