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Medicaid spending to come in under budget

JACKSON — It looks as if Medicaid spending is going to come in under the forecast, but Gov. Haley Barbour is still urging lawmakers to be cautious. “(Yesterday) the Division of Medicaid advised me spending for Medicaid beneficiaries will actually be less than the amount budgeted last April. My conservative estimate is there will be $40-50 million less spent by ...

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DMR holding meeting on city's boat launch project

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing concerning a project proposed by the City of Biloxi to repair and improve the Kuhn Street boat launch. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Bolton State Office Building in Biloxi. The City of Biloxi is proposing to construct two ...

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AlphaGen finds site for ceramics materials plant

PHILADELPHIA — Officials from Lotus Holdings and AlphaGen Materials announced that AlphaGen is locating operations in Philadelphia in Central Mississippi. A manufacturer of Cerarmix polymer ceramic coatings for industrial applications, infrastructure repair and clean energy applications, AlphaGen will be locating in the 235,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by U.S. Motors. The project represents an initial investment of $10 million by the ...

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Workers laid off after mayor, aldermen get pay raise

WAVELAND — The City of Waveland has laid off 11 workers and reduced four full-time positions to part-time. The Board of Aldermen voted 3-1 early yesterday morning after a 3½-hour executive session that began Tuesday night. Mayor David Garcia says the move was made because of shortfalls in the budget. The layoffs include seven public works employees, which includes the ...

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Customer: TVA rates 'worse than ridiculous'

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Some Tennessee Valley Authority industrial customers are grumbling about planned changes and rate increases that they contend have been “worse than ridiculous.” Paul Holland, director of the Southeastern Power Users Group that represents about 72 TVA industrial customers, told The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel that planned changes will further drive up rates and steer companies away. TVA ...

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MPB's 'Job Hunter' TV show on manufacturing to air Thursday

By Amy McCullough Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s new “Job Hunter” TV show on manufacturing jobs and workforce development in Mississippi airs tomorrow at 7 p.m.! See Dec. 26, 2010, MBJ story: “On the hunt.” (Crews got busy filming this fall, as covered by MBJ-TV.) Despite the economic downturn, there are job openings in Mississippi, and many are in the manufacturing sector ...

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Stinky Feet, Flowood

FLOWOOD- Local athletic stores like Stinky Feet are gearing up for the 2011 Mississippi Blues Marathon. In this segment MBJ-TV learns about the importance of good footwear.

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Law firm: St. D agrees to lawsuit settlement

JACKSON — Seven more hospitals, including one in Mississippi, have agreed to pay the government a total of $6.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving the overcharge of Medicare for a type of back surgery known as “kyphoplasty,” according to the law firm of Phillips & Cohen, LLP, which cited a Department of Justice announcement made Jan. 4. The ...

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