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Testimony over Mississippi’s mental health system continues

A county sheriff says he holds mentally ill people in jail because a community mental health center can’t respond in time. A woman says her cousin would like to live closer to his hometown in the Mississippi Delta but hasn’t been able to find a place. A father says his daughter has spent 12 years in mental hospitals because the ...

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Trial set in federal suit over mental health in Mississippi

The federal government’s effort to force Mississippi to change its mental health care system is going to trial Tuesday. The U.S. Justice Department sued the state in 2016. It says Mississippi breaks the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing too many people into state hospitals and not providing enough services in the community. The state says its system is legal ...

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Drugmaker to pay Mississippi $33 million in pricing lawsuit

Attorney General Jim Hood says a drugmaker will pay Mississippi $33.4 million in a lawsuit over drug pricing. Watson Pharmaceuticals, now part of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, will make the payment after the state Supreme Court upheld a verdict. Lawyers hired by Hood sued Watson in one of a series of suits claiming drugmakers wrongly inflated prices paid by the state-federal ...

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Lawsuit seeks to end Mississippi’s lifetime felon voting ban

Mississippi’s constitution bars its citizens from voting ever again after being convicted of certain felonies. Now a legal group wants the federal courts to remove what it calls an illegal vestige of white supremacy by striking down most of these restrictions. Attorney Rob McDuff, who filed suit Thursday in Jackson, estimates that more than 50,000 Mississippians have been disqualified from ...

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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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2 taxi drivers suing Jackson, cite unfair regulations

Two taxicab drivers are suing the city of Jackson, claiming the city has imposed restrictive regulations on the taxi industry. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced Wednesday that taxicab drivers John Davis and Shad Denson have filed the lawsuit, claiming that the city’s regulation have prevented them from starting their own taxicab companies. Mississippi Center for Public Policy attorney ...

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(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and ...

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Supreme Court reinstates wrongful termination lawsuit

SHELBY — The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by two Shelby, Mississippi, police officers who said they were fired for refusing to ignore an alderman’s criminal activity. The ruling overturned a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which sided with the town of Shelby against Officers Tracey L. Johnson ...

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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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