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Judge rules Scruggs must remain in jail

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will remain in a local jail during March 26 court proceedings on his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson has denied Scruggs’ request to stay and prepare ...

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Supreme Court mulls certificates of need — again

JACKSON — Mississippi’s certificate-of-need law, which limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide, is back before the state Supreme Court. From its inception by the federal government in 1974, the CON program has led to Herculean legal battles, most of them among Mississippi’s largest hospitals. Congress created the CON program to help rural areas ...

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Jury clears way to go after Stanford's foreign bank accounts

HOUSTON, Texas — A Texas jury cleared the way yesterday for U.S. authorities to go after $330 million in stolen investor funds sitting in frozen foreign bank accounts controlled by convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford. The jury, which convicted the former tycoon on 13 of 14 fraud-related counts earlier this week, found there to be sufficient evidence that the ...

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House approves legislation to give judges, prosecutors higher salaries

JACKSON — Judges and prosecutors would get pay raises over four years, under a plan the Mississippi House passed yesterday. Mississippi’s circuit and chancery judges currently make $104,000 a year. The bill would increase their pay in four annual steps to $136,000 a year by 2016. Pay would also increase for district attorneys, appellate judges and county court judges. Salaries ...

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State House passes judicial pay raise legislation

JACKSON — Judges and prosecutors would get pay raises over four years, under a plan the Mississippi House passed yesterday. Mississippi’s circuit and chancery judges currently make $104,000 a year. The bill would increase their pay in four annual steps to $136,000 a year by 2016. Pay would also increase for district attorneys, appellate judges and county court judges. Salaries ...

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Mexican restaurants accused of hiring illegal immigrant workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court alleges the owner and managers of three Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County conspired to hire illegal immigrant workers and harbor them to avoid detection. The Sun Herald reports the complaint and the investigating agency have identified them as owner Jose Gutierrez and employees Vicente Jimenez Juan Barajas and ...

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Coast county to borrow money to fund multiple projects

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have voted to borrow $2.5 million in a five-year note to complete multiple projects. The Mississippi Press reports about $1.2 million will go toward site work on the new Adult Detention Facility and $430,000 will fund a Highway Patrol building on Mississippi 57. Another $430,000 will go to improvements at the overcrowded West Jackson ...

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Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support of a suit filed by ...

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Lawyers appeal fraud verdict in asbestos lawsuit

HOUSTON, Texas — Two Mississippi plaintiffs lawyers, including a former state lawmaker, have appealed a verdict that they committed fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001. A federal jury in Mississippi decided in 2010 that the lawyers should pay Illinois Central Railroad Company $420,000 in damages. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in ...

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Judicial panel does not rule on Yazoo Pump controversy

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board asked a federal appeals court yesterday to revive a $220 million Yazoo River flood control project that was vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 over concerns that it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t immediately rule after ...

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