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Bryant rescinds part of executive order concerning Blue Cross/HMA fight

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is backtracking from part of an executive order he issued in a dispute between the state’s largest insurer and a hospital company. Bryant signed a document yesterday saying he is rescinding the parts of his Oct. 22 order that would have required Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume […] [...]

Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional […] [...]

Conveyor component-maker cuts ribbon for expanded plant

CLARKSDALE — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Metso cut the ribbon this past weekend on the company’s expanded operations in Clarksdale. Metso announced in September 2012 it would increase its conveyor component operations at the Clarksdale location. The project represents a $4-million company investment, and it created 30 new jobs and retained 61 jobs, […] [...]

Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During […] [...]

Steel processor to site plant in Attala County

KOSCIUSKO — Attala Steel Industries is unveiling a new facility. The $5-million galvanizing facility will allow the company to coat steel, in addition to the steel processing it already does at the Kosciusko facility. The company has 34 employees and plans to hire 11 more. Attala Steel invested $5 million in the project. Gov. Phil […] [...]

Hinds County judge blocks state takeover of Delta schools

LEFLORE COUNTY — Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district. Kidd ruled today that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board. The state has said it used another section of state law and no […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, […] [...]

Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power […] [...]

Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it […] [...]

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