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U.S. magistrate tells lawyers in Benson case not to expect a closed courtroom (TX/LA)

Estate of Denial

Tom Benson’s efforts to win back a measure of privacy amid a messy public squabble with his estranged relatives over the future of his business empire hit a snag Wednesday. A federal magistrate judge overseeing one of the fistful of lawsuits touched off by the dispute declined to grant a request that he impose a Keep Reading…

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O’Fallon man sentenced for bogus inheritance tale (MO)

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 54-year-old O’Fallon, Missouri man was sentenced Friday for scamming lenders by telling them he was the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar inheritance, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said. According to court documents, Dana Jefferson would tell prospective lenders that he’d been left an inheritance from his deceased father’s estate, with the Keep Reading…

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Guardianship bills racing the clock (FL)

As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors’ assets. Nonetheless, Sen. Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican and sponsor of one of the guardianship bills (SB 1226), calls it her top priority of Keep Reading…

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Texas offers bright economic spot for Class of 2015

For all the Class of 2015 faces, glad Texas is offering at least one bright spot. From Watchdog Arena: Graduation can be a daunting time. It’s a common fear, so common that even the a cappella divas of Pitch Perfect 2 faced trepidation at thoughts of cutting that collegiate cord. But while new grads face Keep Reading…

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B.B. King estate controversy continues after his passing

The death of blues legend B.B. King last week prompted heartfelt tributes around the world. Musicians from the famous to the obscure shared their memories of King’s playing, singing, showmanship, and warm personality. But there was a dark cloud hovering over the end of the bluesman’s life, one that still hasn’t been resolved. The long-running dispute between Keep Reading…

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$46 million civil case brought by Doug Morriss’ mother goes to trial (MO)

A case brought in 2012 by Doug Morriss’ mother, Barbara Burton Morriss, is going to trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court. A jury was being selected Monday morning for the case, in which Barbara Morriss alleged that Wells Fargo Bank or its predecessors breached its fiduciary duty when it allowed assets from two Morriss Keep Reading…

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Bell County moves closer to imposing hotel occupancy tax (TX)

Bell County is one step closer to a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax that will reportedly assist with renovations and upkeep of the Bell County Expo Center. HB 2019, a bill authorizing the imposition by certain counties of a hotel occupancy tax, was heard Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development. Keep Reading…

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