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Blueprint survey: Respondents guardedly optimistic

JACKSON — A detailed report on the results gathered during in the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Road Show is complete. More than 2,000 business and community leaders from throughout the state took part in the electronic voting process at the face-to-face meetings held in 20 different communities. An additional 1,000 participated in an online survey, which asked the same ...

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Rice crop escapes flood, but off to tough start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fields along the Mississippi River may be flooded, but the majority of the state’s rice crop is farther inland and needs either more water or time to dry after heavy rains caused other rivers to overflow. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rice fields do not need to be flooded until ...

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Physician blames attorneys for fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Jackson physician convicted in a $6.9-million healthcare fraud case is alleging her former attorney’s own legal problems may have kept him from providing effective representation during her April trial. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas is awaiting sentencing in federal court. The Clarion-Ledger reports she has fired her trial attorneys, Tom Freeland IV and his wife Joyce Freeland of ...

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Hosemann warns post-flood scrap metal thieves

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is warning scrap metal thieves that local law enforcement agencies and the Secretary of State’s Office are on the lookout. “As floodwaters rise, so does the potential for scrap metal thieves to prey on flood victims who have moved to higher ground,” says Hosemann. “Our agency has begun a multi-state effort to put ...

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Barbour sets special election to fill Gordon's seat

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has set a Nov. 8 special election date to fill the unexpired term of the state Senate seat held by the late Sen. Jack Gordon. The post represents District 8, which includes parts of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada and Lee counties. The vacancy was created by Gordon’s death on May 7. The qualifying deadline for ...

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Chaney goes to D.C. to talk healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney and fellow members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) were in Washington, D.C., last week to confer with members of Congress about ongoing financial and health reform efforts. More than 35 state insurance regulators gathered for the NAIC Washington Forum where they were briefed by Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House deputy ...

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Two-year institutions' graduates up more than 14 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — During the 2010-2011 academic year, Mississippi’s 15 community colleges have awarded 13,228 degrees during graduation ceremonies. This is an increase of 14.2 percent, or 1,873 students, compared to 2009-2010. The figure for the current academic year does not include graduations that may take place during the first term of summer school, by June 30. The increase in ...

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Flood might wipe out this year's oyster harvest

GULF OF MEXICO — The oyster industry is bracing for extreme losses as freshwater from the Mississippi River flows into the western portion of the Mississippi Sound. “Oysters are stationary and cannot escape as the freshwater displaces the salt water they need,” said Dave Burrage, professor of marine resources with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Oysters just cannot survive ...

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Hospital launches service to check ER wait times

FLOWOOD — River Oaks Hospital has added a texting option for ER Extra wait times. For those not requiring immediate emergent care, the ER Extra texting option is designed to help decision making in emergency care faster and easier. The service allows users to simply text their zip code to ERTIME (378463) and they will receive the ER wait time ...

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Law firm changes name as Watkins shifts career focus

JACKSON — The law firm of Watkins & Young, PLLC, has changed its name to Young Law Group, PLLC. The name change reflects several transitions at the law firm over the past year. David Watkins has retired from practicing law in order to devote full time to his economic development projects with his company Watkins Development, LLC. In addition, Bonnie ...

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