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Anti-abortion initiatives spread across South

JACKSON — From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections […] [...]

Medical Assurance’s ratings upgraded by A.M. Best

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to “A (Excellent)” from “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to “stable” from “positive.” A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong […] [...]

Woman accused of multi-state scheme to steal identities, forge prescriptions

RANKIN COUNTY — A woman alleged to be stealing identities and forging prescriptions has been arrested following a seven-month investigation, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sylvia Cook, 59, whose last known residence is in Jackson, was arrested in rural Rankin County.  Cook is wanted by Mississippi and Louisiana authorities for multiple counts of identity […] [...]

Mobile hospital opens in tornado-torn Louisville

LOUISVILLE — The National Mobile Disaster Hospital has opened in a Mississippi city where the local hospital was heavily damaged by an April 28 tornado. It opened yesterday in Louisville, and will be used until Winston Medical Center is rebuilt. Local physicians, nurses and support employees will work in the facility owned by the Federal […] [...]

Anti-abortion initiative misses deadline, won’t be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippians will not vote on a new ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. The sponsors of Initiative 41 missed a yesterday deadline to submit petitions to get the proposal on the November 2015 ballot, said Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office. Because the petitions were not submitted, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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