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CARTER: Add Cochran, Wicker to list of breakers of promises to veterans

March 7, 2014

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If you think America should stand up for its veterans, please take a moment to read this email blast below. It’s from VoteVets.org and calls out Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell for his part in leading GOP Senate members last week to filibuster a $21 billion allocation to enhance health care and education benefits […]

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Louisiana billboards advocating Medicaid expansion spur legal threats from state

March 7, 2014

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Mardi Gras celebration has ended and a war with the progressive political group MoveOn.org has begun. MoveOn.org’s lawyers received a cease-and-desist letter from state of Louisiana officials Thursday, one day after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the state would pursue legal action to try to […]

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Cochran, Wicker join GOP vote to kill far-reaching veterans’ benefits bill

February 28, 2014

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Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans. The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion. “I don’t […]

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

February 28, 2014

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LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide […]

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McComb hospital cuts five doctors

February 17, 2014

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Faced with the reality of shrinking reimbursements from the federal government for health care and rising costs as a result of the new Affordable Care Act, Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center has ended its employment with five physicians and is re-evaluating all hospital employee doctors’ contracts. Southwest Health System CEO Norman Price explained that when […]

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Uncle Ben’s recalls rice product

February 11, 2014

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GREENVILLE — Following reports of illness among several teachers and schoolchildren in Texas, Greenville’s Mars Foodservices U.S. has issued a voluntary recall of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sold to wholesale suppliers, the Delta Democrat Times reports. The recall does not affect Uncle Ben’s ready-to-heat, boxed, bag and cup products, which are sold in supermarkets […]

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Gentiva Health to cut ‘hundreds’ of jobs, close 46 locations

February 7, 2014

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Gentiva Health Services Inc., whose website lists 24 locations in Mississippi, including two in Fl,owood, says it is closing 46 of its home health-care locations across the country. Hundreds of clinicians and other health care professionals are expected to lose their jobs, the Atlanta-based company said in a report published Thursday by the Atlanta Business […]

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Brand compatibility leads CVS to snuff out store tobacco sales

February 5, 2014

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CVS Caremark will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its stores by Oct. 1, making the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain in the first national pharmacy to pull tobacco products from its sales roster. The Christian Science Monitor reports that CVS’s announcement follows years of branding initiatives to retool the mega-retailer not just as a […]

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Delta State to celebrate largest ever gift to the university

February 3, 2014

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Delta State University will celebrate the largest private donation in the institution’s history with a gift presentation at the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The gift will be presented on behalf of the Robert E. Smith Estate, and all students, faculty, staff, alumni, patrons, media and friends are invited […]

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BCBS expecting new owner of HMA’s Miss. hospitals to help keep costs down

January 29, 2014

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Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn., completion Monday of its acquisition of Hospital Management Associates in a i$7.6 billion deal gives CHS ownership of 12 of HMA’s former Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities, including four in metro Jackson. The transaction creates the nation’s second largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, with more than 206 hospitals […]

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