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Ex-lawyer rode on plane before it crashed in Mississippi

A high-profile former lawyer says he was a passenger on a twin-engine jet hours before it crashed in northern Mississippi, killing three people. Richard “Dickie” Scruggs told the Clarion Ledger in a story published Monday that he and his family flew aboard the plane Saturday from Colorado back to their home in Oxford, Mississippi. Pilot Tommy Nix, his wife Merline ...

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Analysis: Redistricting a big task for incoming lawmakers

People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term. It’s an important and inherently political task. And things could get ugly in the push-and-pull between the two major parties. Mississippi has 52 districts in the Senate and 122 in the House. Political boundaries are supposed to be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to change the legislature one way or the other

Whether you deplore the way the Mississippi Legislature currently operates or you rejoice in its works, change is needed. The status quo makes no sense. Longtime North Mississippi legislator Hob Bryan set the stage by calling on his Senate colleagues to take back power from the lieutenant governor. It’s no secret that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and his counterpart in ...

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Reeves tears into Trump’s criticism of judiciary

“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely ‘us[ing] the courts,’ you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City, [Mississippi],” Reeves said, quoting from the president’s tweets and other past ...

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Nuclear regulator cites plant for 2 low-level violations

A special inspection of a nuclear power plant in Mississippi has resulted in two low-level citations. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a March 29 report , says Entergy Corp. operators at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station couldn’t get a water pump system to operate during the Dec. 12 shutdown because of training and simulation problems. The federal nuclear regulator is also ...

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New OT threshold ‘palatable’ to hospitality industry, others

By TED CARTER New proposed federal worker overtime rules that would mandate time-and-a-half pay for many workers earning less than $35,308 annually would force Mississippi restaurants and other businesses to dig deeper to cover payroll. But businesses can still avoid paying overtime to executive, administrative or professional employees who spend less than half their work time on non-managerial tasks. The ...

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Mississippi homes in on strategies to increase number of physicians the state

By BECKY GILLETTE The shortage of physicians is an issue across the United States., but it is particularly acute in Mississippi, which ranks 50th in the country in access to active physicians per capita. But a number of different efforts are underway to increase the number of physicians in the state. One simple action is that the state got rid ...

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MHA’s Moore worked way to top

By NASH NUNNERY Timothy H. Moore literally built his health-care career from the ground up. Now the chief executive officer and president of the Mississippi Hospital Association, the Scott County native’s first job in the industry was as an orderly at Meridian’s Rush Hospital. Over the years, the 54-year old Moore worked his way into the ranks of hospital administration ...

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TODD SMITH — Wegmans, Amazon have best corporate reputations

Brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can taint an image for ...

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Filmmaking rebate requires ‘roots’ in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY A key incentive in the state’s film industry was allowed to expire two years ago after research by a legislative committee showed that 51 cents of every taxpayer dollar produced only 49 cents. In other words, it was investment loser. So the rebate of 25 percent on payroll for out-of-state cast and crew was allowed to sunset ...

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