Meantime the Byrd is still the word. Margaret Baker uses Alabama changing its retirement statute to exclude certain felons as the example in her story on soon to be former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd being able to collect his PERS retirement benefits despite copping to a felony. Slabbed lifers well remember it was the former Dragon Queen Aaron BrousStar that caused Louisiana to pass such a statute back in 2011.
Kicking John Mark Stahl in the cojones after arresting him and then ordering the dashboard video of the incident destroyed is what finally did Sheriff Byrd in. Click the pic to score the 19 page plea agreement and factual basis. Sentencing for soon to be former Sheriff Byrd is scheduled for December 10th in Mobile.
The AP’s Jeff Amy tackled the subject of Mississippi’s declining gaming industry Saturday in a must read story. In a prior life Jeff was a business reporter and that prior experience shows in the piece he wrote. The worst of the problems are at the north Mississippi Delta casinos but also extend to the Coast to a lesser degree.
Next up is the impacts of rising flood insurance premiums on the real estate market in Florida, the Northeast and Louisiana:
It would be nice to see one of the mainstream media outlets covered the inherent conflicts of interest built into the flood program and the fact that the middlemen WYO insurers take a 30% slice off the top for writing the policies. Yeah, those facts add a degree of complexity to the topic but they are vital to understanding what is truly going on with the program as this is not entirely about the program underpricing risk. Unfortunately the story above, like most of them gloss over those facts, in the case of the New York Times likely in deference to their insurance advertisers.
Finally we have Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd back in the news cycle: