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UMMC merging rehab services with Methodist

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center will merge some functions with a neighboring rehabilitation hospital. The College Board approved the agreement with Methodist Rehabilitation Center today. UMMC will close its inpatient rehabilitation unit over the next two years and move it into Methodist’s building, hiring some of Methodist’s physicians and nurse practitioners as […] [...]

Two Delta groups getting economic development funding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Economic Development Administration has awarded funds to two planning and developing groups in the Mississippi Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made the announcement in a news release yesterday. The South Delta Planning and Development District will receive $189,000. The district provides services in Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington […] [...]

Silver Airways ordered to continue service

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to remain in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Tupelo until a replacement airline is found. Transportation officials made a similar announcement last week for Greenville. It announced the order for the other three airports yesterday. Silver Airways began service to those airports in October 2012, […] [...]

Plans unveiled for large shooting range on Coast

GULFPORT — Businessman David Comstock is planning to transform part of the Seaway Marine Center in the Bernard Bayou Industrial Park in Gulfport into a multi-million dollar gun range. “There’s a demand all over the country for this type of venue,” Comstock said yesterday after the city council amended local zoning rules to allow shooting […] [...]

Wright begins retooling Education Department

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is taking the first steps in an effort to reorganize the Mississippi Department of Education, appointing three top-level executives to report to her. Kim Benton has been named chief academic officer; Todd Ivey has been named chief operations officer; and Pat Ross has been named chief school improvement officer. […] [...]

Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as […] [...]

Homeowners’ fire district challenge going to highest court

DIAMONDHEAD — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider May 15 whether to hear an appeal over whether a Mississippi fire protection district can charge a fee for its services to local property owners. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of the […] [...]

Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state

DEKALB — A Kemper County drugmaker has laid off most of its remaining employees, making it likely that it will shut down while owing the state economic development money. A notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports Pharma Pac laid off 84 employees from its DeKalb facility on March 7. Kemper County […] [...]

Yarber could be sworn in today as new Jackson mayor

JACKSON — Jackson’s new mayor could be sworn in as early as today. Eight weeks after Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died not even a year into his term, Councilman Tony Yarber will be his successor. Complete, but officials, results from yesterday’s election show Yarber received 54 percent of the votes to 46 percent for attorney […] [...]

Renasant reports better profits after First M&F acquisition

TUPELO — Regional bank Renasant Corp. says profit in 2013′s fourth quarter rose 80 percent in the second period following its takeover of First M&F Corp. Renasant posted quarterly profit yesterday of $13.6 million, or 43 cents per share. That’s up from $7.6 million, or 30 cents per share, in 2013′s first quarter. Because that […] [...]

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