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Tuesday 6th, 2011, MISSISSIPPI:        

The Association of State Correctional Administrators has honored Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps as the outstanding Director of Corrections for 2011. The award was presented over the weekend during the group’s meeting in Aurora, Colo.

Epps began his career in 1982 as a correctional officer and worked his way up through the ranks. He is in his 10th year as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Among those nominating Epps for the award was Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ASCA established the award in 1992 in honor of the late Michael Francke for his contribution to the field of corrections and his support of ASCA. In 1989, Francke, the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was killed as he left his office.

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Louisiana:                       

Deepwater Horizion:     

NEW ORLEANS — BP in court filing on Monday accused Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement that went into drilling the oil well that blew out and caused the America’s worst offshore oil spill.

BP accused Halliburton of having intentionally destroyed evidence with its cement poured into the deep-sea Macondo well. BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to penalize Halliburton and order a court-sponsored computer forensic team to recover the missing modeling results. Three companies have been sparring over blame for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon blast, which killed 11 workers.     

The first trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to start Feb. 27 in New Orleans. The first leg is expected to take about three months and determine the liability of each company involved in drilling the Macondo well. There will be other phases over cleanup costs, punitive damages and other claims.

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