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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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Water association sues PSC over waiver for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — The Mississippi Rural Water Association has sued the state Public Service Commission in federal court, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with federal law when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by the association, which has more than 1,000 members ...

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Has GOP primary controversy hurt Childers' chance at Senate?

MENDENHALL — Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers acknowledges he faces a tough task running for senator in Mississippi, a conservative state that hasn’t chosen a Democrat for that job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Childers doesn’t even mention his party label in his TV ads as he tries to unseat six-term Republican Thad Cochran in the Nov. ...

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Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and ...

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State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the ...

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KiOR denies ex-director's claims of problems with company's technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was asked to leave the board ...

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Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school aid formula must be fully ...

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Group delivers signatures for referendum on education funding

JACKSON — Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi loaded up the bed of a Chevrolet pickup with 16 boxes and drove to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office yesterday. Inside those boxes, they say, are the certified signatures of 121,691 votes, enough to put a referendum on the ...

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State renews water fight with city of Memphis

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim. The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That’s less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion. Mississippi alleges that Memphis’ wells have created “cones of ...

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