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Study says state sacrificing billions of dollars, 20,000 jobs in refusing Medicaid expansion

Mississippi walked away from a long-term economic development bonanza in rejecting Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. So says an economic impact report researched and written by University of Alabama at Birmingham economists David Becker and Michael Morrissey. The report by Becker and Morrissey of the university’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy School of Public Health ...

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(VIDEO) Boehner takes on The Tea Party

Hours before a budget bill vote, House Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized the tea party and outside conservative groups opposed to the legislation, saying they’re seeking to further their own objectives, not those of the Republican Party.

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Surgeons perform state's first kidney/pancreas transplant

JACKSON — Surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant program,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, UMMC associate professor of transplant surgery and ...

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Bryant's spokesman leaving for National Conference of State Legislatures

JACKSON — Mick Bullock, the spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, is leaving to become communications director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bullock joined Bryant’s staff when Bryant was state auditor and stayed to work in the Iieutenant governor’s and governor’s offices. He begins his new job Jan. 6. The NCSL, which is located in Washington, provides research, technical ...

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Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt posts largest increase since '08

Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding grew to its highest level in five years in the third quarter, increasing by $25.2 billion as all four major investor groups increased their holdings, a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says. That is a 1 percent increase over the second quarter of 2013. Total commercial/multifamily debt outstanding stood at $2.47 trillion in ...

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Doctors at UMMC complete state's first pancreas transplant

JACKSON, Mississippi – Building on the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s record of firsts, surgeons transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man on Thursday night, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant program,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, ...

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal ...

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Tennessee-based manufacturer sites plant in industrial park

WALNUT — Officials say ALUMA-FORM has broken ground on the company’s new manufacturing facility in Walnut in Tippah County. Gov. Phil Bryant says in a news release that the project represents a company investment of $6.7 million and will create 125 new jobs. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is building its facility in the Walnut Industrial Park, where it will manufacture ...

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Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. In the courtroom, trials were ...

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