The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recognizes Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) employee Nancy Cross for her 63 years of service to insurance regulation with its 2021 Robert Dineen Award. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney nominated Nancy for the Dineen Award.

Nancy joined MID in December of 1958 as the administrative assistant to the Deputy Commissioner. She has served under four different insurance commissioners and has risen through the ranks to become the Statutory Compliance Director where she is responsible for issuing new and renewing licenses for insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, societies and associations doing business in the state of Mississippi.

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YP – U.S. Supreme Court denies Johnson & Johnson request to halt Mississippi talcum powder lawsuit

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a motion filed by Johnson & Johnson to throw out a lawsuit brought by the state of Mississippi. The lawsuit is over allegations that the company failed to inform residents that its talc-based products increased the risks of developing ovarian cancer.

The case dates from 2014, when Mississippi officials sued Johnson & Johnson.

“Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public,” a 2018 Reuters investigation found.

YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith welcome $70.8 million installment for Miss. built amphibious warship

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) welcomed the award of a $70.8 million U.S. Navy contract to Huntington Ingalls as its latest installment toward acquiring long-lead-time materials for a new America-class amphibious assault ship.

In April 2021, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced its Ingalls Shipbuilding division had received a contract modification from the U.S. Navy for $107 million to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9.

Work associated with this contract is expected to be completed by April 2024.

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