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Hospital expansion project to get underway this year

PHILADELPHIA — Construction is expected to begin by Thanksgiving on a $19-million expansion of the Neshoba County General Hospital. Plans are for a two-story structure adjacent to the existing hospital. Hospital Administrator Lonnie Graeber tells The Neshoba Democrat that construction will be completed in two phases, the first being a completely new hospital just south of the current structure in ...

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Advisory committee named to find new MUW president

COLUMBUS — Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds has unveiled the Campus Search Advisory Committee to aid in the search for the next president of Mississippi University for Women. The members of the Mississippi University for Women Campus Search Advisory Committee include: Renee Flynt, Emily Myers Garner, Ruth Jones, Brandon Newsome, Andrea Overby representing the Alumni/Foundation; faculty and ...

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Luvata expanding Grenada aluminum plant

GRENADA — Officials from Luvata have announced the company will be adding to its production capabilities in Grenada in an effort to capture new opportunities in the marketplace. The addition will take place at the company’s aluminum production plant, which is located in an 180,000-square-foot city-owned building in the Grenada Air Industrial Park. The project represents a company investment of ...

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Clinic's patients might have been exposed to virus

SUMMIT — Patients at a clinic in Summit may have been exposed to a viral infection and are being told to get checked out, according to Mississippi health officials. State health officer Dr. Mary Currier tells the Enterprise-Journal that the situation arose after some patients of the Rose Cancer Center showed up at the Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb. ...

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Welfare is a Catch-22

Getting on welfare easier than getting off Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out ...

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Miss. poverty grows with single mom rate

See related story: “Welfare is a Catch-22,” Aug. 1, 2011 Despite having one of the nation’s top-rated welfare programs, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation: 21.8 percent. While a national group of experts has said poverty numbers are incorrectly calculated and are too high, the fact remains that approximately 20 percent of Mississippians are not self-sufficient. Don ...

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First Craft Beer Week offers thanks, promotes culture

It wasn’t quite a victory lap, but there was plenty of celebrating last week for the first Mississippi Craft Beer Week. Gov. Haley Barbour made Craft Beer Week with a proclamation, and Raise Your Pints took it from there, using the time to hold 23 events across the state to promote the state’s fledgling craft beer culture. Raise Your Pints ...

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New law whittles appeals chain for healthcare providers

A bill that became law July 1 will streamline the certificate of need process for healthcare providers, but could also be the beginning of the end for the entire CON process, said a key House committee chairman. House Bill 826, passed last session, provides a direct appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court for hospitals dissatisfied with a CON ruling from ...

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Delta flights continuing as airport seeks replacement

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport officials say Delta Airlines will continue service to the airport until a replacement carrier is found. On July 15, Delta announced its intentions to discontinue service to 24 smaller, more rural markets, including Hattiesburg-Laurel. Airport executive Thomas Heanue tells The Hattiesburg American that he’s hoping local residents will support Delta as a way of showing ...

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USM has no plans to return to Jackson County

GAUTIER — The University of Southern Mississippi does not have any immediate plans to return to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Gautier campus. That has some Jackson County leaders wishing they could reverse last year’s rebuff to the University of South Alabama, The Hattiesburg American reports. “As far I’m concerned we were misled,” said Jackson County District Five Supervisor ...

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