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Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions

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JACKSON — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of harm amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and ...

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Department of Mental Health doesn't ask for more state funding

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Department of Mental Health says it can use money it already has to comply with pledges to federal authorities to create more community living spots and spend more on housing. Yesterday, the department told lawmakers it doesn’t need more state money in the budget beginning July 1. The U.S. Department of Justice threatened to sue Mississippi in ...

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PEER criticizes DMH; has questions for LeGrand about cutting care

WHITFIELD — A legislative watchdog committee is criticizing how the Department of Mental Health handled a contract to shut down its community care unit at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Friday, criticized the department’s $45,000 contract with Guided Steps to move 120 patients out of ...

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Hosemann: State no longer needs federal oversight of elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that Mississippi’s first election requiring photo identification reinforces his belief that the state no longer needs federal oversight to handle elections and redistricting. The Republican released figures showing 513 Mississippians cast affidavit ballots June 3 because they lacked proper identification, with at least 177 returning later to show ID and ...

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Voter ID to make debut during primary elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi tomorrow will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during the Republican and Democratic primaries for U.S. House ...

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Justice: State's military, overseas voting law conflicts with UOCAVA

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has been notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that current state law conflicts with federal military and overseas voting laws. Recent changes to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) require states to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters who request them at least 45 days before an ...

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Justice Department files complaint against tax preparer

CLINTON — The federal government has filed a complaint seeking to bar a Jackson-area tax preparer from preparing federal tax returns for others. The U.S. Department of Justice said that a civil injunction complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against Kavivah Branson, also known as Kavivah Bradley, and her business, Branson Tax ...

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Government asks court to bar tax preparer

DURANT — The federal government has asked a Mississippi court to permanently bar a woman from preparing federal income tax returns for others. The U.S. Justice Department says in a news release that Danee Aikens prepared federal income tax returns under the name “Comprotax Service” from an office in Durant. The complaint alleges that Aikens prepared returns that overstated income, ...

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Hood recruiting other AGs to go after Google

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software. Hood said yesterday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government that he’s circulating a letter to other states’ top lawyers, seeking a ...

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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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