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Health plans group CEO sees momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON, Mississippi — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, a former United Health Care lobbyist and six-year member of the Indiana Senate, said momentum is growing among Mississippi legislators to ...

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Cleveland has a new runway — time to party!

A Delta city has enhanced its airport, and it is throwing a party — as well it should. The Cleveland Municipal Airport recently completed construction of a new runway, and will host a Runway Grand Opening Air Show to celebrate. The event will be held Oct. 17, and according to The Bolivar Commercial will include a number of events, including ...

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Texas company buying Magnolia Guaranty for $5.23M

RIDGELAND — Citizens Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Security Plan Life Insurance Company, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Magnolia Guaranty Life Insurance Company of Ridgeland for $5.23 million. Magnolia Guaranty has 409,553 shares of capital stock outstanding.  Since 1992, it has specialized in the sale of final expense and pre-need life insurance policies in Mississippi through its funeral home ...

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Former corrections commissioner Cabana dies at 67

HATTIESBURG — Donald A. Cabana, who ran the state penitentiary at Parchman and wrote about his experiences with death row inmates, has died. He was 67. Mississippi corrections officials say Cabana died yesterday at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after a long illness. Funeral services are pending. Cabana spent 40 years in corrections including stints as warden at Parchman and ...

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Woman pleads guilty to bribing ex-school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A Georgia businesswoman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a former superintendent of schools in Greenville in exchange for a contract for her company’s reading program. Edna Goble entered the plea yesterday to one count in federal court in Oxford shortly before her trial was to begin. No sentencing date has been set. She faces a ...

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'King of Torts' has finally abdicated

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in ...

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Candidates line up to take mayor's place in state House

PASCAGOULA — Five candidates have qualified for the special election to fill Billy Broomfield’s House seat. The Sun Herald reports the candidates include Aniece Liddell, who served one term as Moss Point mayor from 2009 until she was defeated by Broomfield in the Democratic primary earlier this year. Broomfield resigned in June, the day before he was sworn in as ...

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Hood recruiting other AGs to go after Google

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software. Hood said yesterday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government that he’s circulating a letter to other states’ top lawyers, seeking a ...

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Group of alumni oppose Bynum as next president of MVSU

ITTA BENA — Some Mississippi Valley State University alumni are complaining about the nomination of William Bynum to be the university’s next president. Roosevelt Yarbrough, president of Valley’s alumni association, said at a news conference he wants the school to be led by an alumnus, and says he’s worried that Bynum doesn’t have any experience working for public universities. “Nobody’s ...

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