Archive | March, 2013

Effort to consolidate state offices to ‘Capitol Complex’ fails

March 22, 2013

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Legislation supporters say would save Mississippi $5 million a year on office leasing costs and whittle the space state workers occupy to levels consistent with federal standards died earlier this month. The bill authored by Sen. David Blount and backed by a Millsaps College analysis easily passed the Senate but failed to make it onto […]

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Punxsutawney Phil hit with felony charge after botched spring forecast

March 22, 2013

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Officials in Butler County, Ohio, have indicted a famous groundhog for the rash of cold winter-type weather we’ve been having, television news station Fox 19 in Cincinnati reports. The indictment, filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, alleges that on or about February 02, 2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with […]

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Lockheed Martin hosts annual IT Day Friday in Jackson

March 21, 2013

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“The “Power of Information” is the theme for Lockheed Martin’s IT Day, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. The free, day-long information technology event is open to the public and offers topics for technology and business professionals, students and job seekers. Lockheed Martin is hosting the event […]

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White House shows new flexibility on Medicaid expansion options

March 21, 2013

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The White House is encouraging skeptical state officials to expand Medicaid by subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for low-income people, even though that approach might be somewhat more expensive, federal and state officials say. Ohio and Arkansas are negotiating with the Obama administration over plans to use federal Medicaid money to pay premiums for […]

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Coast casino awaits disciplinary vote at commission meeting

March 21, 2013

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The Mississippi Gaming Commission moves its March meeting to the Gulf Coast on Friday, but other than a disciplinary vote there is little on the agenda concerning South Mississippi casinos. A few routine items will be brought up at the 11 a.m. meeting at Palace Casino in Biloxi. Next month’s meeting will return to the […]

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(UPDATE) Nissan donates manufacturing robots to Alcorn State University

March 20, 2013

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It’s the gift that keeps on giving… or building. Nissan North America’s manufacturing facility in Canton has given two high-tech robots to Alcorn State University for use in the college’s advanced technologies program. The robots stand more than five feet tall, weigh more than 800 pounds each and were used to arc weld Nissan car bodies. In […]

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Hail damage closes Clinton school for rest of the year

March 20, 2013

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Hail damage Monday at Clinton’s Lovett Elementary School is enough to close the school for the rest of the school year. Parents, teachers, school district employees and volunteers were busy Wednesday packing up and preparing for a move into the old Eastside Elementary campus. Lovett’s roof was badly damaged by baseball-size hail in the area […]

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Sequester could ground subsidized commercial service to state’s regional airports

March 20, 2013

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Air travelers accustomed to catching Silver Airways flights out of Hattiesburg, Meridian, Greenville and Tupelo may soon have to rethink their travel plans. As with a series of other disruptions occurring at airports large and small around the country, the culprit is the federal budget sequester, a series of across-the-board cuts brought about by the […]

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CVS pharmacy chain wants its workers’ fat facts

March 20, 2013

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One of the country’s largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how fat they are and then disclose it to their insurance provider. Not only is that company, CVS Caremark, telling workers who use its health insurance plan to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat, blood pressure and other […]

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American Family Association files motion for injunction against Affordable Care Act

March 20, 2013

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Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression says its client, Tupelo-based American Family Association (AFA) has filed a motion and brief for a preliminary injunction against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The motion was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen Division. AFA owns […]

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