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Coast man accused of workers' compensation fraud

GULFPORT — A Harrison County man has been indicted on three counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says in news release that 53-year-old Richard Barry McDaniel of Gulfport turned himself in yesterday after being indicted by a local grand jury. McDaniel is free on a $5,000 bond. Hood says the indictment alleges that McDaniel did made false ...

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NCCI petitioning for workers' comp rate decrease

JACKSON — Employers in Mississippi could start paying less for workers’ compensation insurance as early as next March, pending approval of a rate filing at the Mississippi Insurance Department. The National Council on Compensation Insurance has filed an average 3.2 percent statewide rate reduction with the MID. “At a time when we are seeing so many filings and rate requests ...

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Avectus relocating to downtown Corinth building

CORINTH — Avectus Healthcare Solutions of Corinth is adding 50 new jobs in a local expansion. The announcement came today during a ceremony attended by Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials in Corinth. The company is moving into the former Chadco building in downtown Corinth. The project represents a corporate investment of $300,000. Officials said the move into the larger ...

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A.M. Best gives AmFed a 'B++'; outlook is stable

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb+” to AmFed National Insurance Company and its 100% reinsured subsidiary, AmFed Casualty Insurance Company, collectively referred to as AmFed Insurance Group. The outlook assigned to these ratings is stable. A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings and outlook reflect AmFed’s sound business ...

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Manslaughter convict can get workers' comp

JACKSON — A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the homicide case and is now serving a 12-year prison sentence. Smith, ...

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School officials welcome insurance-less Santa

It is not an easy job being Santa Claus. It’s full of risks, and the Jolly Old Elf is sometimes faced with having to carry insurance. But St. Nick is getting a break this year — at least when he visits schoolchildren in one North Mississippi county. For this holiday season, DeSoto County school officials are waiving a requirement that ...

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Frank Horton celebrates 95th birthday

Daniel Coker Horton & Bell recently hosted a 95th birthday lunch at the firm’s Jackson office for Frank Collins Horton, one of the founders and an original name partner of Daniel Coker and Horton, as the firm was then known. Following graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Horton served in the Army Air Corps in Greenland and ...

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Bryant signing workers' comp, inventory tax bills into law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says several new state laws could boost the state’s business climate, but opponents say the changes could hurt workers or take revenue away from state government. Republican Bryant is signing bills today to make changes in the workers’ compensation system and provide financial breaks for businesses paying the inventory tax. Critics say the workers’ comp ...

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Workers’ comp reforms headed to governor for signing

Workers’ compensation legislation seen as a victory for business and a setback for workers’ rights passed the Mississippi Legislature Monday. The bill sponsored by Sen. Will Longwitz (R – Madison) is touted as encouraging economic growth, creating safer workplaces and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice. Longwitz said the reforms are designed to return fairness to a system that ...

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