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Local attorney killed in four-wheeler accident

RIDGELAND — Jackson attorney Precious Martin died late yesterday in a four-wheeler accident near his home in Ridgeland, according to authorities. Ridgeland Police Lt. Brian Myers says Martin and his 10-year-old son, Daniel, were on the 4-wheeler when it apparently hit a curve and flipped on Bridgeview Cove in the Bridgewater subdivision. Myers says Martin […] [...]

New anti-abortion initiative uncertain as deadline nears

JACKSON — Organizers have little time left to push for a new Mississippi ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. Abortion opponents face a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to put the proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot. It would be nearly identical to a ballot initiative that 58 percent […] [...]

Nunnelee released from hospital, but must have brain surgery

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is out of a Washington hospital but says he faces surgery later for a small mass found on his brain. Rep. Alan Nunnelee says he was released Friday from George Washington University Medical Center. The 55-year-old had been admitted to the hospital Thursday after experiencing nausea and […] [...]

Hospital site dispute goes to Supreme Court

OXFORD — Opponents are fighting a judge’s order that lets the city of Oxford annex the site of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s new hospital without going through a formal proceeding. In March 2013, a Lafayette County chancery judge ruled in favor of several landowners who petitioned the court to allow Oxford to take in the […] [...]

TORT REFORM: Caps averted liability crisis but was the price diminished accountability?

A lengthy special-session rumble at the Mississippi Capitol in late spring 2004 gave the state a civil justice revamp the Wall Street Journal called “the most comprehensive tort reform law” any state had passed. That comprehensive change came despite the absence of any give anywhere. Compromise was as elusive as a roadrunner, participants on both […] [...]

Tort reform has made a significant impact on Mississippi

A May 14 conference at the Jackson Convention Complex will spotlight the 10th anniversary of an overhaul of Mississippi’s civil justice system, an achievement business leaders say saved the state’s medical sector and polished the state’s image as a place to do business. What you won’t hear at the “Tort Reform: After Ten Years” seminar […] [...]

Court of Appeals to hear arguments in hospitals’ fight

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals will referee a dispute between Gulf Coast hospital systems over the location of a proposed new medical center in Biloxi. The court will hear oral arguments June 12 in Jackson from Singing River Health System, which opposes the new hospital, and Health Management Associates, which wants to build […] [...]

Health Department urging Hepatitis C screening; offering free tests

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is offering free Hepatitis C testing at all county health departments in May. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says in a news release that people born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C and may not know it. Hepatitis […] [...]

Free tetanus shots being offered to storm victims

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tetanus vaccinations are being offered free to all residents in storm-affected counties. The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it has been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. Residents and first responders involved in storm cleanup are at greater […] [...]

More than half of eligible residents sign up on health exchange

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31. Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought […] [...]

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