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In reversal on marijuana cigarettes, CNN's Gupta says smoke 'em if you got 'em

Before he started working on his documentary called “Weed,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta thought the research backing medical marijuana was unimpressive. “I’m here to apologize,” he says. In a first-person article he wrote in advance of “Weed,” Gupta says he had not looked hard enough at the issue, until now. I didn’t look far enough,” says the neurosurgeon who is CNN’s ...

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North Mississippi Medical Center performs congenital heart surgeries

TUPELO, Miss.-Two young men recently made heart history at North Mississippi Medical Center. On June 24, Patrick Keith and Chris Gentry, both 25 and from Tupelo, became the first two patients to undergo surgery locally for congenital heart defects as a result of a cooperative effort between NMMC and the Children’s Heart Center at University of Mississippi Medical Center in ...

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Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to be major, with winds greater ...

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Mayor concerned about management of convention center

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg will hold VenuWorks more accountable about its management of the Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says. The Vicksburg Post reports the mayor is threatening to find a new management company if a better working relationship can’t be achieved. Flaggs, in office a little more than a month, says he became ...

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First M&F slashes quarterly net income by nearly $2M

KOSCIUSKO — First M&F Corp. has revised net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 to $222,000 from $2.205 million reported in the July 19 earnings announcement. Earnings per share after preferred stock dividends were revised to a loss of $.03 basic and diluted per share from the previously reported net profit of $.18 basic and $.17 diluted per ...

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Bryant appoints Whitwell to fill vacancy left by Roberts' death

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert “Bob” Q. Whitwell Sr. as chancery court judge in a district that includes Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall and Tippah counties. A vacancy on the bench was created when Judge Edwin H. Roberts Jr. died on July 1. Whitwell is currently in private practice. He served as municipal court judge in Horn Lake ...

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Hearing set for this month in poultry export conspiracy case

GULFPORT — A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19 for a man who pleaded guilty in an alleged conspiracy to falsify the temperatures of chicken exported from Mississippi to Russia. An April 2012 indictment says Terry White and two others arranged the export of chicken that did not meet temperature requirements under a trade agreement with Russia. The men ...

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Mayor issues hiring freeze as city faces budget deficit

CLINTON — Clinton’s mayor has ordered a hiring freeze and a hold on all major expenditures except for emergencies as the city tries to whittle down a predicted $259,000 budget deficit. The Clarion-Ledger reports Clinton officials recently learned of the looming deficit, which could grow or shrink depending on incoming revenues to the city between now and the end of ...

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