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Thousands of personal records found scattered across Bay St. Louis bridge

Thousands of pages of sensitive and vital records belonging to Gulf Coast residents and their children were found scattered all over the Bay St. Louis Bridge on May 17. The records included official copies of birth certificates and Social Security cards of adults and children, copies of driver’s licenses and state IDs, bank account statements, utility bills, and other records, as well as documents from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

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A young mom took a leap and sued DHS. It may have been doomed to fail.

A federal court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that accused the Mississippi Department of Human Services and two of its employees of falsifying records to ‘steal’ a woman’s two children. The US District Court in Gulfport dismissed all claims against DHS and the agency’s two employees, Tequila Hall and Patricia Piazza, finding the agency ‘enjoys sovereign immunity’ and the employees enjoy ‘qualified immunity’ under statutes that shield state departments and their workers from lawsuits.

A ‘sincere and troubling problem’ in Mississippi’s secrecy law

Access to case files is "just not a problem," the new DHS director told the Sun Herald. But youth court judges, lawyers and parents affected by the system disagree with him.