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Court to hear appeal of 'anti-spoofing' law

JACKSON — A challenge to Mississippi’s “anti-spoofing” law will be heard Oct. 4 by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Mississippi enacted the law 2010. Other states and Congress have since enacted similar laws. Backers of the laws say caller ID “spoofing” is a growing threat to people because of new technology making it cheap and easy to change ...

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Court denies AG's motion to remand Entergy case to Chancery

JACKSON — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has denied the state attorney general’s motion to remand a lawsuit against Entergy Mississippi Inc. and other Entergy companies to state Chancery Court, according to Entergy. Under the ruling, the lawsuit will continue to be addressed by the U.S. District Court. “We’re pleased with the ruling, but we ...

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New trial ordered for man accused of medical kickback

BATESVILLE — A new trial has been ordered for a Batesville businessman convicted on four counts related to his alleged role in an alleged multimillion dollar medical fraud scheme. Garner and former hospital administrator Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo were convicted last March of allegedly conspiring to boost Garner’s nurse staffing business and pay Shoemaker for his assistance as a key ...

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Appeals court refuses to vacate Zach Scruggs' guilty plea

OXFORD — A federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the conviction in a ruling yesterday. The younger ...

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Court upholds sentences of Minor, Teel, Whitfield

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has upheld the sentences of a once-successful attorney and two former judges in a Mississippi corruption case. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed the sentences of former lawyer Paul Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield in a decision released yesterday. Prosecutors say Minor backed loans ...

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City's annexation plan upheld by Supreme Court

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo’s plan to expand its borders has been upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16-square-mile annexation would add approximately 2,500 residents to the city. Special Chancellor Edward Prisock approved the city’s annexation plan Dec. 17, 2010, but the decision was appealed by Lee County, the Belden Fire Protection ...

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Appeals Court reinstates Yates and Sons' lawsuit against city

WAVELAND — The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a contractor’s lawsuit against the city of Waveland. The Sea Coast Echo reports W.G. Yates and Sons Construction sued Waveland in 2009 in a dispute over a $9.3 million contract awarded for a sewer project to Orleans, Ind.-based Reynolds Incorporated. Yates alleged Waveland’s city engineer made corrections to the Reynolds bid ...

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Supreme Court refuses to reconsider Chevron/school tax case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday declined to reconsider a ruling that a 2007 state law was unconstitutional in requiring the Pascagoula schools to share some tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other districts. The April ruling overturned a decision by a Jackson County judge who upheld the law. The law required property taxes generated from expansions at ...

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Health Department inspects abortion clinic; owner expects citation

JACKSON — Health officials have inspected Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, the first step in a process that could lead to its closure if a new state law survives a legal challenge. Following Monday’s inspection, the Mississippi Department of Health has 10 working days to issue findings. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization continues to perform abortions in the meantime. Clinic owner ...

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