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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered. There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said. Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. ...

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OSHA seeks $104,000 in fines against GEO’s Meridian prison

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited private prison operator The GEO Group Inc. with six safety and health violations, including one willful, for exposing employees to workplace violence and failing to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of violence following a December 2011 inspection stemming from a complaint about its Meridian correctional facility. ...

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Lauderdale court worker admits she stole traffic ticket money

Victoria Nealy, former criminal deputy clerk in Lauderdale County Justice Court, has pleaded guilty to pocketing money motorists paid for traffic fines. She plead an open plea arrangement to embezzlement by a public official, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office investigated Nealy after receiving a tip that she was “fixing” tickets and embezzling cash ...

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American Bankers Association: Compliance costs crushing community banks

The American Bankers Association warned a House financial  services subcommittee Thursday that the cumulative impact of years of added regulations has pushed the nation’s community banks to the tipping point. ABA representatives specially cited dramatically increasing compliance costs – estimated at $50 billion annually — and said they threaten the future of community banks. William B. Grant, chairman and chief ...

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CARTER: Glocked and loaded for the GOP National Convention

“Packing” for this summer’s Republican Party National Convention in Tampa has taken on a whole new meaning. Grab your Glock and come on down – but don’t forget to bring enough 9mm rounds. That’s the message Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sent with his warning that conventioneers may want to pack some heat in case they must stand their ground ...

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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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Former Leake County Chamber chief headed to prison

Renodda Dorman, former Leake County Chamber of Commerce executive director, received a 10-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $60,000. The sentence specifies Dorman must serve five years behind bars and five years of probation. The court also ordered Dorman to make $60,916.11 in restitution to Leake County. The joint investigation by District Attorney Mark Duncan, ...

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Delta agrees to out seat belts on baggage vehicles after worker fatality

A workplace death has led the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force Delta Air Lines to provide seat belts to protect workers who operate baggage handling vehicles. The agreement covers approximately 90 of the Atlanta-based company’s airport sites that fall under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, as well as 16,000 Delta employees and 6,000 baggage handling vehicles. Under ...

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