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GAO report signals trouble with health insurance exchanges beyond Mississippi

By Ted Carter Mississippi may not be alone among the states for which federal officials have fallen perilously behind in getting health insurance market place exchanges ready for open enrollment Oct.1 The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has missed a series of deadlines and another miss could cause ...

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Butler Snow Law Firm announces international expansion, opening of London office

LONDON — Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC (Butler Snow) announced today its international expansion and opening of the firm’s London office during a panel discussion on the emerging global economic landscape – featuring government leaders from the United Kingdom and the United States. Parliament Members Hugh Bayley of the Labour Party, and Tobias Ellwood of the Conservative Party, ...

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Help navigating Obamacare available at new Balch & Bingham blog

JACKSON, Mississippi — Balch & Bingham LLP has launched the Affordable Care Act Review, a blog authored by members of the firm’s Affordable Care Act Strategists, a cross-disciplinary team created to provide advice and guidance on the ACA. The ACA Review, at acareview.com, serves as a resource to provide information, practical commentary and analysis to the business community, says the ...

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Lawyers have guided state's casino industry since the beginning

Gutsy casino entrepreneurs helped launch Mississippi into the gaming business more than 20 years, and today a new breed of entrepreneurs are buying up properties for their portfolios. One constant in the casino market’s maturation process: lawyers. At the beginning, there were regulations to learn and transactions to clear for brand new clients. Now firms have teams of lawyers dedicated ...

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State bar foundation says legal help for the poor is one of its major accomplishments

The Mississippi Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization founded 50 years ago to improve the administration of justice in Mississippi, has a bevy of accomplishments to its credit. Significant especially in a state with the lowest per capita income in the country, the Foundation has provided $12.5 million in financial support to provide legal help for the poor. “We exist because ...

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West Point lawyer, wife, mother stays busy and loves it

Law is the right career for Michelle D. Easterling. The West Point partner in the firm of Edwards, Storey, Marshall, Helveston & Easterling chose the legal profession while growing up in Pearlington and can’t imagine doing anything else. “What I’m doing now truly satisfies me,” she said. “I chose a career in law for several reasons.” Easterling elaborates on those ...

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Stillbirth a capital crime? Mississippi Supreme Court must decide

The cause of any given miscarriage or stillbirth is difficult to determine, and many experts believe there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to drugs in utero can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. A Lamar County woman whose blood tests showed traces of illegal drug use after she birthed a stillborn child would go to trial on a manslaughter charge ...

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Congressmen live large on farm supports while fighting federal food safety net

In supporting billions of dollars in cuts to federal food assistance, a U.S. House Republican from Tennessee and a fellow GOP member from California insist the government has no business feeding the hungry but themselves receive tens of thousands of dollars annually in farm subsidies. House Agriculture Committee members Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) both cite the ...

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