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Court cancels oral arguments on city's proposed annexation

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments scheduled for April 10 on the city of Tupelo’s annexation case. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the decision means the justices won’t hear live testimony from attorneys on either side of the issue but will rule entirely on written briefs. Earlier, Tupelo had opposed a request by Lee County ...

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Presley supports Supreme Court's reversal on Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Mississippi Power Company’s Kemper County Coal Plant: “(This) 9-0 decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court reversing the $2.8 billion Kemper County Coal Plant is a major victory for each and every customer of Mississippi Power Company and deals a serious ...

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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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Supreme Court to hear arguments in breach of contract dispute

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments of Jan. 18 in a commercial breach of contract case from Lincoln County. According to court records, Precision Welding sued Denbury Resources for allegedly breaching a contract between the two. Denbury denied the allegation. A Lincoln County jury in 2010 awarded $1.5 million to Precision. Denbury appealed the decision ...

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Carlson will not seek re-election to Supreme Court

BATESVILLE — Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. of Batesville plans to retire at the end of his term in January 2013. He will complete the term, but will not seek reelection in November 2012. Justice Carlson, 65, will have completed 30 years of public service as a judge in January 2013, with 11 years of service ...

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Russell sworn in, makes appellate court history

FLORA — Court of Appeals Judge Ermea Russell has been sworn, becoming the first African-American woman to sit on a Mississippi appellate court. Gov. Haley Barbour, who appointed Judge Russell to a vacancy on the court, moved up the effective date of her appointment to allow her to participate in the May 20 dedication of the Gartin Justice Building. The ...

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