JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state's only abortion clinic.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on Monday extended an injunction he issued several months ago. It blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.
The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at Jackson Women's Health Organization to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. Read More
Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday to lead Mississippi to an 85-78 win over USF in a Diamond Head Classic consolation-round game.
The Rebels (9-2) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half to advance to Tuesday’s fifth-place game.
Holloway, a senior forward, was 9-of-15 from the field and made five of seven free throws. He had 16 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday in the Rebels’ 87-85 overtime loss to Indiana State. Read More
Floodwater from Hurricane Isaac jumped a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans on Wednesday, but the multibillion-dollar barriers built to protect the city itself after the 2005 Katrina disaster held firm, officials said.
The lumbering hurricane, which weakened to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon, threatened to flood towns in Louisiana and neighboring Mississippi with a deluge of rain, storm surges up to 12 feet and top sustained winds up to 70 mph. Read More
WHAT: Dr. Meera Sachdeva, 50, of Mississippi was charged in federal court with stealing $15.1 million from Medicaid and Medicare by overcharging for unused chemotherapy drugs and reusing old needles on multiple patients.
HOW: Court records list how many drugs Sachdeva actually purchased and compares it to the costs billed to Medicaid and Medicare. The clinic billed for 142,200 milligrams of Erbitux, even though it only bought 45,100 milligrams. Read More
WHAT: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour billed taxpayers $7,020 to fly six people to Washington, where he spoke at a high-visibility political conference and appeared on a Sunday news talk show.
WHY: Barbour told the Associated Press he also “had state business” in Washington and anyway my “hours on our state plane are almost exactly the same” as the Democratic predecessor governor. Read More
WHAT: Mississippi is being pushed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to issue a specialty license plate honoring controversial Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Forrest led a notorious 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn., and was a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard after the war. Read More
WHAT: So-called bath salts with labels such as Ivory Wave are being shipped to the U.S. from mysterious European sources. These powders contain powerful substances that have similar effects as methamphetamine.WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The bath salts are not illegal, but they have caused an epidemic of reported hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and self-inflicted wounds. Federal bans of new drugs can take years to impose. Read More
Twenty-five states are considering “copycat” immigration laws similar to the one passed in Arizona last year. Read More
In a recent interview with The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson, Mississippi Governor and rumored presidential candidate Haley Barbour offered up what critics charged was a defense of Mississippi's pro-segregation "Citizens Councils": Read More
Press coverage of the budget frenzy on Capitol Hill has suggested that pork-barrel earmark spending is still a bipartisan problem, that after months of self-righteous rhetoric about fiscal discipline, Republicans and Democrats remain equal-opportunity earmarkers. It's not true. A new analysis by a group of federal-spending watchdogs shows a striking imbalance between the parties when it comes to earmark requests. Read More