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Taking aim at physician sex predators; Mississippi ranked 51st in patient protection

By JACK WEATHERLY  Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, is working with lawmakers to draft a bill to make a physician’s sexual relations with a patient a criminal offense. No doctor “should even think of patients as prey,” Hall said in an interview. Hall, who was named to the post about five months ago, ...

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A case in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports in a series of articles published after a year’s investigation that sexual abuse of patients by physicians across the country is in many cases tolerated. Of 2,400 physicians “publicly disciplined [since Jan. 1, 1999] for sexual misconduct, half still have active medical licenses today,” the report states. Under the section on Mississippi, the ...

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Doe’s replicating its steak and tamales formula

By JACK WEATHERLY  Doe’s Eat Place made a name for itself by keeping it simple. And in this 75th year for the Greenville steaks and tamales eatery, it continues to prove that an original can be replicated. Two franchises will be opened in metro Jackson, making 10 thus far in four states, according to Charles Signa, president of Doe’s Inc. ...

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Hancock panel hires adviser for development plan

By JACK WEATHERLY  Hancock County is known for its futuristic Stennis Space Center. But the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission wants to make sure its vision stays forward-looking. So it recently signed a contract with VisionFirst Advisors to develop a development strategy. VisionFirst is based in Tallahassee, Fla., but it is a wholly owned subsidiary of THE Jackson-based Butler ...

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Drought threatens planting of Mississippi’s wheat crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Farmers have been waiting out the drought to plant their wheat. And if there is not substantial rain in the next month, there’s a good chance there won’t be a crop this year. That’s according to Dr. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist at Mississippi State University. “If we don’t get the moisture … we can’t grow the ...

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Coming full circle in Livingston?

By JACK WEATHERLY  This Town of Livingston dates to 2014. That was about 190 years after the original  Livingston was created and long after it disappeared. Now, its eighth and ninth buildings are under construction. A Sal & Mookie’s will open in the upscale development at the intersection of Highways 463 and 22 in the rolling hills of Madison County. ...

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MDEQ panel upholds ruling on water permit for Costco site

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s permit board on Tuesday unanimously upheld its earlier ruling on a water permit it issued for the expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The vote moved the expansion with a hotly contested planned Costco Wholesale store toward becoming a reality. Plaintiffs in a suit against the city of Ridgeland are ...

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Smith Park renovation begins with cutting of trees

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of trees, some diseased some dead, were removed over the weekend as the start of $2.5 million plan to renovate Smith Park in downtown Jackson. The park in recent years has become an oasis with problems. It is a home base for the homeless, whose presence day and night discourages use of it by the general ...

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Despite TIF, Costco store not done deal yet

By JACK WEATHERLY  The game is not over for the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland. Plaintiffs are still trying to block the store, which they contend would disrupt traffic and devalue residential property in the vicinity. A tax rebate of up to $30 million that apparently had been granted through a state program for what developers said was the ...

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Sides in telemedicine battle call for a cease-fire

  By JACK WEATHERLY  It looks like the sides in the battle over telemedicine in Mississippi have called a truce of sorts. Neither Teladoc Inc., the leading private provider of the service in the state and the country, nor the Mississippi State Medical Association, which represents the majority of physicians in the state, says it plans to introduce legislation in ...

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