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Mississippi Medical Association: 'Personhood' initiative worries physicians

The Mississippi Medical Association says physicians could be placed in a “perilous position” by passage of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that defines life as beginning at fertilization. The Mississippi Medical Association insists it has not adopted a position on the so-called Initiative 26 but emphasized passage of the anti-abortion “personhood” amendment would change the way many Mississippi ...

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Anderson sworn in as new Choctaw chief

CHOCTAW — Phyliss Anderson has been officially sworn in as the first female chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The event took place today at the Tribal Council Hall at the reservation in Neshoba County. After an inaugural parade, Anderson was to repeat the oath in a ceremony inside The Arena at Golden Moon Casino. In last month’s ...

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Main Street getting funding from new BP partnership

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has formed a new partnership with BP America across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With funding from BP, MMSA will work in the existing Main Street communities on the Coast and also bring in two new communities to the Main Street program. The seven existing Gulf Coast Main Street programs include ...

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Boyd takes over management of IP Casino

BILOXI — The IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi is now open under new management. Boyd Gaming officially took over the property today. The Mississippi Gaming Commission ordered the doors shut at midnight Monday so an audit could take place before the property officially changed hands. Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas struck a deal in June to buy the ...

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Supervisors approve tax break for DuPont plant

DELISLE — Harrison County Supervisors have agreed to give DuPont a $250,000 annual property tax exemption if the company invests $45 million into its operations near DeLisle. The Sun Herald reports the tax waiver would be good for five years and it would mean a tax savings of about $250,000 annually if the company makes the $45-million investment in new ...

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Ingalls' contracts means shipbuilder will add jobs — for now

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding contracts, which will keep workers busy into 2016, mean an uptick in employment although company leaders say the trend will remain cyclical, as seen throughout the shipyard’s history. The Mississippi Press reports Ingalls’ employees are working on nine different vessels at three shipyards, with construction on three other ships yet to begin. This year alone, Ingalls ...

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Biglanes' sentencing for bribery rescheduled

LAUREL — Sentencing for a father and son from Laurel who pleaded guilty to trying to bribe Mississippi’s transportation director has been rescheduled for Oct. 17. Kenneth Biglane and his son, Peter J. Biglane, pleaded guilty in July to bribery. They face maximum penalties of 10 years in prison each and a $250,000 fine. The Laurel Leader Call reports they ...

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Brady named new state banking commissioner

RIDGELAND — Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed Theresa Brady of Ridgeland as commissioner of the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. Brady begins the new position effective immediately. Brady replaces John Allison, who retired in September after almost 40 years with the department. The Department of Banking and Consumer Finance executes laws related to banking, credit unions, motor vehicle sales, ...

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Health Department reports another West Nile virus death

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health reports one West Nile virus (WNV) death in a Leflore County resident and seven new human cases in Jones (2), Leflore, Madison, Rankin, Sunflower and Winston counties, bringing the state’s total to 46 cases for 2011 with four deaths. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (4), Hinds ...

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