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CARTER: Privatized approach to lifeguarding: Let 'em drown

Privatization of a public safety task such as beach lifeguard should not mean employees must leave behind their humanity when they clock into work. But it does mean exactly that if you work for Jeff Ellis Management, the Orlando-area aquatics company that has a contract to provide lifeguard services for Hallandale Beach, Fla., a small coastal town just north of ...

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Read July 9 issue of MBJ

>> FIGHTING BACK Exterminators, scientists see strides in finding, killing bed bugs — By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> TRUESOUTH IN FULL SWING New golf tournament field up for July 16— by Staff Reports >> “CALL WAITING” PSC commissioner Presley to challenge law derived from ‘AT&T Bill’— by Clay Chandler >> FINANCE New banking commissioner wants more efficient ...

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Hosemann: Response to voter ID initiative 'limited'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office reports its outreach initiative offering assistance to individuals with no acceptable forms of photo voter identification has received limited response in its first two weeks. “We have inundated the state with outreach initiatives requesting these individuals contact our office,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “So far, only 75 individuals have contacted our ...

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Black lawmakers to push for expanded Medicaid program

JACKSON — Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul. The lawmakers, speaking at the state Capitol, say they will seek legislation to ratify covering more low-income adults in the 2013 Legislature. “We, the members of the legislative black caucus see this as a step forward in ...

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With control going to landowners, how will Reservoir rules change?

Ross Barnett Reservoir soon will gain control of the 33,000-acre lake that was funded primarily with Hinds County and Jackson tax dollars and is now a draw to 2.5 million visitors annually. Residents living on reservoir property will soon have a majority vote on the board of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, outnumbering appointees from the other three ...

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Health Department approves CONs for hospital projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for the following projects. • Clarksdale HMA, LLC, d/b/a Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, for the renovation/expansion of Radiology Department. The project entails the replacement of the hospital’s current Integris 5 cardiac catheterization unit and the acquisition of a refurbished Philips Allura ...

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County's assessed value expected to increase by nearly $4M

NATCHEZ — Adams County’s assessed tax value is projected to increase approximately $3.8 million this year. And even if residents didn’t get a notice this year that their property had been reappraised, the process isn’t over. The Natchez Democrat reports the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted to receive approved tax rolls from County Tax Assessor Reynolds Atkins at its ...

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Commissioner Presley to personally challenge 'AT&T Law'

JACKSON — A Mississippi utility regulator says he will challenge a new law that removes most of the state’s remaining regulatory authority over AT&T. Brandon Presley, who represents north Mississippi on the Public Service Commission, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal he’ll file the lawsuit as a private citizen in Hinds County Circuit Court. “It violates the state constitution,” Presley ...

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Commission votes to oppose Louisiana's water annexation

GULF OF MEXICO — At a special meeting of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR), the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution opposing Louisiana’s move to extend its state water boundaries Gulf-ward into federal waters. The approved resolution has been submitted to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. The resolution states: “The MCMR is opposed to and does not recognize the ...

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Director: Port should remain open as river falls

VICKSBURG — Dredging near the Port of Vicksburg over the past five years should keep the inland port open even as Mississippi River levels fall. Warren County Port Commission executive director Wayne Mansfield tells the Vicksburg Post about $4 million in work completed in 2008 to widen the Yazoo Diversion Canal has put the local port ahead of the curve ...

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