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Start of new medical school building holds promise of more Mississippi physicians

  In a public gesture that appears to seal the contribution of state funds for a new University of Mississippi Medical School building in Jackson, Gov. Phil Bryant led a ceremonial ground breaking for the $63 million project Monday. The building will be the first new facility on the Jackson campus since the school began training physicians in the Capitol ...

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(VIDEO) Business group launches charter school push as foes raise privatization fears

A lineup of high-profile Mississippi business people gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a campaign to bring charter schools to every school district in Mississippi – provided the parents in the districts want them. Mississippians overwhelmingly support widespread creation of charter schools as a remedy to the many ails of the state’s public schools, said the group Better Education ...

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Heavy equipment dealership bought for undisclosed price

JACKSON — Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) has acquired Daily Equipment Company (DEC) of Jackson. The price was not disclosed. DEC has five other full-service branches in Mississippi (Biloxi) and Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lake Charles). Emmerson Daily, CEO and founder of DEC, said, “MCFA offers me assurance that Daily Equipment Company’s customers will continue to ...

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Hypocrisy issue raised in Palazzo vote against Sandy aid for Northeast

  Last week, two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Biloxi Republican, sparked controversy nationwide when he voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, despite representing coastal Mississippi, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and a top beneficiary of Katrina disaster aid, Talking Points Memo reports. » SUN HERALD: Palazzo puts politics ahead of putting ‘families back together’ ...

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Lawyer says doctor accused of murder-for-hire mentally ill

GREENWOOD — The lawyer for an oncologist charged with capital murder says Dr. Arnold Smith is severely mentally ill and unable to adequately defend himself against charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn took under advisement a motion from the defense to send Smith to a mental health hospital for treatment. In the ...

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Congressman to reintroduce bill on hunting rolled rice fields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Congressional delegations from Mississippi and Arkansas have backed legislation to clarify that hunting over a rolled rice field is not illegal field baiting. The legislation promoted by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., died in the past Congress. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., whose district is the largest rice producer in the state, tells ...

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SBA offering loans to victims of Christmas Day storms

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents and businesses in Mississippi affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 25 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Pearl River County and the adjacent counties of Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Lamar, Marion and Stone. The SBA is opening an outreach center in Poplarville in the Old Armory ...

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After two years, highway improvement project complete

PETAL — Officials, businesses and residents in the city of Petal are welcoming the end of a $13 million two-year highway improvement project. The Hattiesburg American reports the project widened Mississippi Highway 42 from two lanes to four and installed turn lanes. Petal Mayor Hal Marx says residents are pleased with the decrease in traffic congestion. And the end of ...

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County not banking much on revenue from casinos

NATCHEZ — Adams County officials are being careful not to count too heavily on gambling revenue in 2013, despite the opening of a new casino. The Natchez Democrat reports the county has only budgeted for an additional $95,000 in gambling revenue for fiscal year 2013. For the fiscal year that ended in September 2012, a period in which only one ...

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