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UPDATED: Sorry, gov — Mississippi takes first steps to join Affordable Care Act

  The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred Wednesday: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittable a blueprint for a free market exchange designed to link health insurance ...

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Tupelo's North Mississippi Health Services wins Baldrige Award

North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo is one of four organizations selected nationwide as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. It won in the health care category. The award was announced today by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. This is the 25th anniversary of the ...

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SHOCKING: Mississippi considered a poor state

Fuller picture of poverty: 49.7M poor people in US A different way of calculating America’s poor by taking into account medical costs and work-related expenses finds a higher total than the government’s official count. This measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. It found there are 49.7 million poor people in the country — or 16.1 percent ...

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Pharmaceutical companies to be acquired for $101M

MADISON — Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cypress Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately owned generic pharmaceutical company, and Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hawthorn”), a privately owned branded pharmaceutical company, both based in Madison. Under the terms of the agreement, Pernix will pay approximately $101 million, which includes an ...

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Citing 'timing issues,' poultry company nixes N.C. facility

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has decided not to site a new poultry-processing complex in Nash County, N.C. In a release, Sanderson said it made the decision together with the officials of Nash County as a result of various timing issues. The poultry company had previously announced that sites in Nash County had been selected for the location of a ...

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Doctor gets house arrest for medical kickback scheme

BATESVILLE — A Batesville doctor has been sentenced to home confinement for his role in a medical kickback scheme. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dr. Robert Corkern was sentenced to two years’ house confinement and three years’ post-release supervision. Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use public funds as part of his earnest money ...

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Mother Nature smiles on Christmas tree growers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Christmas tree growers were thinking about the holidays when Hurricane Isaac made landfall Aug. 28, knowing the winds and rains would bring additional work before trees would be ready for the 2012 harvest. Stephen Dicke, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, said storm damage should not dampen sales ...

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Officials want ways to keep sand on beach, off highway

HARRISON COUNTY — Officials are looking for ways to keep sand along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the beach where it belongs — instead of blowing onto U.S. Highway 90. Sand on the highway is a driving hazard, and cleaning it up is costly. WLOX television reports Harrison County has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ...

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Poll: Is Global Warming real?

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the global warming debate is alive and well again. If, indeed, global warming is beginning to take its toll, it would be of major significance to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You can weigh in with your opinion here. …

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UPDATED: Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan dies after bout with pancreatic cancer

Greenville mayor Chuck Jordan died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. Jordan was 66. Survivors include his wife, Jane; a daughter and four grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City. There will be no active pallbearers but Jordan requested that all the citizens of Greenville serve as honorary pall ...

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