An Oklahoma judge’s $572 million verdict against consumer products company Johnson & Johnson for its role in the state’s opioid crisis seems likely to be reduced on appeal.
Ann Dahl makes an interesting story as a flood-control activist. It’s a role she’s taken on passionately, but quite by accident.
Dahl’s personal timing could not have been worse.
Auditors recently wrapped up an investigation of the Jackson Zoo’s finances, and one thing is clear, Beth Poff took one for the team.
Poff is the park’s former executive director. She resigned from the position last year after admitting to misusing $350,000 in state bond funds to cover operations.
As the Baby Boom population, born between 1946 and 1964, continues its inevitable march toward old age, hints of what lies ahead are starting to appear.
Of all the major issues being discussed in this year’s statewide campaigns, one that is largely being neglected is Mississippi’s prison system.
It is a disaster.
The runoff for the Republican nomination governor was already bound to be interesting: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a leader of the legislative branch, vs. Bill Waller Jr., the former leader of the state’s judicial branch.
Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.
Hinds County will be getting a new District Attorney just as it faces a murder rate not seen since the crack years of the early 1990s. Ironically, the new DA, Jody Owens, led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against Mississippi for prison reform. That’s not exaclty a lock-’em-up resume.
With a conservative majority now in place on the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a movement — its size probably pretty small — to try to add some seats in hopes that a future Democratic president could tilt the court’s leanings back in the other direction.
Last week’s massive raid of seven chicken-processing plants in Mississippi has prompted applause from those angry about illegal immigration and disgust by those who accuse the federal government of picking on vulnerable people for political purposes.