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LAW ELEVATED — PFAS, more than just another acronym

So, what is PFAS? Simply put, PFAS (per and polyfluoronalkyl substances) is the term used for a family of approximately 5,000 individual man-made fluorinated chemical compounds that are used in our everyday lives. We have been using products containing older and newer versions of PFAS chemicals since the 1940s.  PFAS make your eggs not stick to your skillet, your cheesy ...

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Mississippi high court affirms charter schools’ funding

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the state’s method of using tax money to pay for charter schools, rejecting a challenge that sought to cut off local money to the schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state in 2016 on behalf of seven parents who send their children to Jackson schools. The suit argued that charter schools ...

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Butler Snow attorneys named in Best Lawyers 2020, “Lawyer of the Year”

Butler Snow announced that some of its Mississippi attorneys have been included in Best Lawyers 2020 and Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year.” Nationally, 173 of the firm’s attorneys are included in Best Lawyers® 2020, and 19 are Lawyers of the Year. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which lawyers confidently evaluate ...

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Mississippi appeals court judge nominated to federal bench

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Cory Wilson is being nominated for a federal judgeship. Wilson joined the 10-member state court in February after being appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Before that, Wilson was a first-term Republican member of the Mississippi House. Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is nominating Wilson to become ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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Federal jury sides with FBI in wrongful termination case

A federal jury in Mississippi has ruled against an FBI agent who sued the agency for wrongful termination as a result of reporting racial discrimination. Citing a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement, WDAM-TV reports the Hattiesburg jury on Friday ruled that former agent Warren Flowers failed to prove his termination was due to reporting the alleged discrimination. The statement says the ...

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Mississippi man sentenced to jail after dogs are starved

A Mississippi man who had dogs that starved has been sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of animal cruelty. The Natchez Democrat reports 45-year-old Kelvin King of Natchez has also been fined $1,000. An Adams County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Karren Ewing, said she responded to a call March 18 and found four kennels at the back of ...

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Judge suspended after wrongly trying to help acquaintances

The Mississippi Supreme Court is suspending a judge 30 days without pay after a professional group found he violated conduct standards by improperly helping one person charged with prostitution and trying to help another charged with marijuana possession. Justices on Thursday are also publicly reprimanding the judge, Frank Sutton of Hinds County Justice Court. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance ...

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Volunteer who is asked to resign calls sheriff a ‘lowlife’

A Mississippi sheriff says he has asked a volunteer to resign from a search-and-rescue team because the man trash-talked him on social media. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten tells the Natchez Democrat that Charles Harrigill’s behavior “is not conduct becoming of an officer.” Harrigill resigned from a paid position in sheriff’s department in 2016 and later became a search-and-rescue volunteer. ...

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