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Mississippi judge tosses $322M asbestos lawsuit verdict

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.

 

 

Southaven aldermen fail to justify receipts

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- The Southaven Board of Aldermen said the vast majority of the $44,000 worth of receipts that they have been reviewing from Mayor Greg Davis' expenses were not city-related business.

 

 

Barbour farewell focuses on spending, collegiality

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- As he bade farewell to lawmakers Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged them to be mindful of taxpayers as they set state budgets and be patient with each other and with new state leaders because "you can't do diddly by yourself."

 

 

Lohman reports to federal prison in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed people on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

 

BP says it is entitled to payment from Halliburton

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster.

 

 

Cold weather prompts shelter openings in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A hard freeze warning has been issued for parts south Mississippi and shelters have been opened to keep residents warm and safe.

 

 

Charter school advocates look to change Mississippi law

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican control of Mississippi government could bring a new charter school law, and supporters are working on proposals.

 

 

McCoy ready to enjoy retirement

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

TUPELO -- State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersvlle, says once Billy McCoy, his legislative deskmate for the past 28 years, went weeks without speaking to him because, "I made a bad vote. Everybody is entitled to one mistake."

 

 

Familiar budget shortfall faces new Mississippi leaders

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers and Gov.-elect Phil Bryant will face a difficult task in crafting a state budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.

 

 

State timber business slowly rebounding

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

STARKVILLE -- Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products.

 

 

Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has earned a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

 

 

Ripley Mayor Kerry Hill dies

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

RIPLEY -- The body of Ripley Mayor Kerry W. Hill was found Tuesday at his residence. He was 75.

 

 

Barbour reflects as term ends

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the response to Hurricane Katrina shaped his legacy, and the 2005 storm boosted the state's image because outsiders saw Mississippians' willingness to work hard and help their neighbors.

 

 

Suspect arrested in Marshall County slaying

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

HOLLY SPRINGS -- One suspect has been arrested in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting that left a 16-year-old Memphis girl dead.

 

 

Woman accused of abandoning dogs

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

LAUREL -- A 64-year-old Jones County woman accused of abandoning more than 20 dogs in a home without proper care has surrendered to authorities.

 

 

100-year party just half over at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

PERKINSTON -- Homecoming festivities are over but Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is far from done celebrating its centennial anniversary.

 

 

Waller among politicians who died in '11

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

JACKSON -- At the funeral for former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., the state's current Supreme Court chief justice, Bill Waller Jr., said his father would be remembered for his "big presence in the legal community, in government and politics."

 

 

Pascagoula officials urge Mississippi law change

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

PASCAGOULA -- Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

 

State agricultural high school celebrates 100th anniversary

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

 

 

Mississippi death row inmate loses appeal

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Roger Lee Gillett, who was sentenced to death for his role in the 2004 slaying of a Hattiesburg couple.

 

 

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