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Mississippi doctors, hospitals take different stands on Medicaid expansion

JACKSON, Mississippi — With a legislative showdown expected any day now over expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 of the state’s uninsured working poor, the Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties ...

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Navistar shuttering plant; 80 workers left jobless

WEST POINT — Navistar Defense is suspending production at its plant in West Point. Navistar spokeswoman Lauren McFarland said in a statement that the 80 workers at the plant were notified today. McFarland says the decision came in response to across-the-board federal budget reductions known as the sequester that went into effect on March 1. “The sequester along with the ...

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Chaney says some may have no access to federal health insurance

JACKSON — Many Mississippians may have no options when the new federal health insurance marketplace starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, and they plan to serve 46 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Unless something changes, consumers in remaining counties will have no options to buy health insurance through the online ...

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Owner of fire-damaged historic home faces charges

NATCHEZ — The owner of the crumbling Arlington Plantation house will be in Natchez Municipal Court on July 1 to face allegations of violating a city ordinance on overgrown properties. The Natchez Democrat reports Dr. Thomas Vaughan of Jackson entered a not guilty plea earlier this week in city environmental court, which is a division of municipal court. Vaughan has been ...

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Auditor: Legislature's salaries, expenses totaled nearly $7.5M

JACKSON — Mississippi spent nearly $7.5 million for salaries and expenses of state lawmakers during the 11 months that ended in early April, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office. That breaks down to nearly $5.2 million for the House of Representatives and $2.3 million for the Senate. The report is dated June 7 but was released ...

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Mississippi 5th nationally in business startup activity

Mississippi is ranked 5th nationally in the most business startup activity in 2012, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. Mississippi had a startup rate of 430 per 100,000 adults. Montana leads the list with 530 startups per 100,000 adults. Others in the Top 10 are: 2. Vermont, 3. New Mexico, 4. Alaska, 6. California, 7. ...

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Mississippi Main Street announces 2013 award winners

JACKSON, Mississippi —  The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 24th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson. The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2013-2014 Board President Joey Hudnall. “This year’s award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street ...

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Vicksburg's Ameristar will remain Ameristar when sale goes final

In a business where property name changes are a good bet to follow ownership changes, it appears Vicksburg’s Ameristar Casino will maintain its long-standing identity when it merges with Pinnacle Entertainment later this summer. “There won’t be any name changes,” said Anthony Sanfilippo, chief executive officer of Pinnacle said following the company’s suitability and licensure hearing Thursday at the Mississippi ...

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