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Tupelo's NMMC implants nation's first absorbable heart stent

TUPELO — Cardiologists at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Heart Institute recently implanted the nation’s first absorbable stent as part of a research study. Abbott Vascular received FDA approval in December to begin the ABSORB trial in the United States. Absorb, the world’s first drug eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold, is a first-of-its-kind device for treating coronary artery disease. It works by ...

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New studies show that pleasantly plump ain't so bad after all

Maybe being overweight in Mississippi isn’t as terrible as we once thought. In a story appearing on The Daily Beast, the world of public health was knocked off the rails a bit this week with therelease of a study demonstrating that you can, in fact, be too thin. Reviewing 97 studies involving almost 3 million people divided into groups according to ...

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REILY: Viking sale leaves Greenwood hanging

Say what you will, but the chances of Viking Range staying in Greenwood long term are very slim. You could almost hear the moving trucks backing up to the docks during the Middleby Corp. conference call last week, explaining why the food service equipment maker had bought the Mississippi-based oven and kitchen appliance maker for $380 million. While all the ...

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Officials fire tourism board members over arena allocation

CORINTH — Corinth and Alcorn County officials have fired members of the local tourism board. The action came yesterday in a joint meeting of supervisors and city aldermen. It apparently resulted from the failure of the tourism board to follow line items placed in its budget by the city and county. In particular, officials were upset the tourism board had ...

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Governor asks for federal aid to storm-tossed county

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has requested federal disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Pearl River County as a result of tornadoes and severe storms Christmas Day. Bryant’s request for SBA assistance is based upon joint damage assessments conducted by local, state and SBA officials. Pearl River County received large amounts of damage including 81 ...

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Council votes to drop annexation plan with provisions

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has voted to drop its annexation bid for property east of the Biloxi River — but only if Gulfport and Harrison County drop objections to Biloxi’s annexation of 2.5 square miles to its north. Yesterday’s resolution also requires that Gulfport refrain from annexing any property east of the Biloxi River for 15 years. However, ...

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Ciity agrees to $90M infrastructure deal with Siemens

JACKSON — The city of Jackson and a global corporation have agreed to a $90-million deal that Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has called the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. The deal with Siemens still needs approval from the Mississippi Development Authority, but the contract signature clears the way for work to begin as soon as March on a ...

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Reeves would support 'reasonable, rational' bond bill next session

JACKSON — With the 2013 Mississippi legislative session starting next week, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he believes there’s bipartisan support for charter schools and for efforts to improve children’s reading skills in early elementary grades. The Rankin County Republican also says he would support a “reasonable, rational” bond bill that focuses on long-term needs, not short-term projects such as ...

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Judge denies request of city, Kroger in Kmart flood case

CORINTH — A federal judge has denied requests from the city of Corinth and the Kroger Company to be dismissed as defendants in a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. Kmart Corporation is seeking compensation for flood damage at the Fulton Crossing location, the store’s closure for about 10 months, and flood prevention efforts in April 2011, ...

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Hospital deal in Grenada has Delta city leaders' attention

GREENWOOD — Before the Greenwood City Council pulled the plug on the potential sale of Greenwood Leflore Hospital, one of the primary motivators for looking into the issue was the anticipated threat of competition from Grenada. It was well known that Grenada County was looking for someone to take its taxpayers off the hook for the operation of its publicly ...

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