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Trent Lott: "… on days like today, I remember why I left"

“I miss it sometimes, but then on days like today, I remember why I left,” former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Tuesday in Biloxi before his speech at the Southern States Energy Board. Lott took a few minutes before his speech to discuss the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis. Lott, who served 35 years in Congress before ...

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OP-ED: China may be taking insurmountable lead away from the United States

Slow and steady wins the race, the old adage goes, and China’s human spaceflight program is on exactly that track. Ten years ago today (Oct. 15), China became only the third nation to launch astronauts into space. Since then, China has launched only five crewed space missions, but each one accomplished specific objectives to further the nation’s capabilities. Infrastructure and ...

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Nurse pleads guilty to role in cancer center fraud

SUMMIT — A nurse has pleaded guilty to failing to report a crime at a former cancer clinic involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud. Courtney Michelle Young pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony today in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A plea agreement filed in court records said Young faces up to three years in prison and up to a ...

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HMA pleased with Blue Cross reinstatement of 4 hospitals but bemoans continued 'squeeze'

Health Management Associates executives Tuesday welcomed Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals but say the contractual impasse still leaves some Mississippi communities facing a medical provider crisis. Late Monday afternoon, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi gave notice it is willing to reinstate network provider status starting Tuesday ...

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TVA recovers $42M toward $1B ash spill cleanup

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — About $42 million has been recovered in the last week by the Tennessee Valley Authority to help pay for more than $1 billion in expenses stemming from the cleanup at the 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The latest payment comes after an arbitrator ruled that one of TVA’s insurers, Bermuda-based Arch, had ...

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Water, water everywhere — except in one county

One resource Mississippi seems to have in abundance is water, but for residents of a Northeast Mississippi county it is a precious commodity and must be rationed. Alcorn County currently has no public water system, making every-day life a struggle. Jay Coke, who lives just near the community of Glen tells the Daily Corinthian that his family faces decisions on ...

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Former college president Cleland dies at age 95

JACKSON — Howard J. Cleland, who served as president of Belhaven College for 17 years, has died at the age of 95. Officials with Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home say Cleland died Sunday. The cause of death was not released. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at First ...

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'Drop, cover and hold on' during upcoming ShakeOut

While the earth may not move Oct. 17, officials are asking Mississippians to pretend that it does. Mississippi is one of 10 states taking part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will begin at 10:17 a.m. During the drill, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says millions of people will simultaneously practice the recommended response to ...

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Transit system gets extension as construction misses deadline

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Transit System has received an extension to complete the new regional transit facility and is scheduled to move its operations to the facility in December. NTS executive director Sabrena Bartley tells The Natchez Democrat the original project completion date was Oct. 5, but it has been extended until Oct. 30. Bartley said the contractor is working ...

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Babies sleeping safer as SIDS rate plummets

While a lot of the headlines on the health care front in Mississippi is bad to really bad, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting some good news. The number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths in Mississippi has declined by more than half from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, the state reported 21 SIDS deaths, a ...

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