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Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

December 2, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Tom Allain, a nephew, says the former governor was 85. A law associate, Louis Clifford, […]

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UMMC’s Landmark purchase gets IHL nod

November 22, 2013

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A large user for the long-vacant Landmark Center on Capitol Street would inject some much-needed vitality into downtown Jackson, Central Business District leaders say.

A sizable chunk of downtown Jackson’s vacant office space will soon move to the occupied side of the ledger with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s planned purchase of the Landmark Center. The two-year-wait for an occupant for the 366,500 square-foot building at the corner of Capitol and Lamar streets ended Thursday with UMMC getting […]

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BCBS of Mississippi maintaining non-Obamacare compliant policies

November 21, 2013

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is not following the lead of BCBS of Alabama in cancelling health plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. In a statement Thursday morning, the health care insurer said it did not cancel any health plans due to the Jan. 1, 2014 PPACA requirements. “ Instead, […]

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Smithville celebrates new domed gym-disaster structure as tornado recovery continues

November 15, 2013

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SMITHVILLE, Mississippi — Monroe County received a check for $1.4 million Friday to put toward the cost of building the Smithville school’s new monolithic dome gym, a tornado-resistant structure that replaces the gym destroyed on April 27, 2011 by an EF5 tornado that roared through the center of town, killing 16 people. The domed gym […]

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State Attorney General Jim Hood hints at action against Blue Cross Blue Shield

November 12, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – As attorney general, Jim Hood has displayed a willingness to take on big business, whether Google, BP, major drug companies or Entergy, if he felt wrongdoing was occurring. Hood, a Democrat, sent word recently he is eying health insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I have been […]

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Balch & Bingham beefs up to add new law practice areas

November 7, 2013

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Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham has added 13 associates to its roster of more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists in the Southeast and Washington, D.C., including additional attorneys in the Jackson and Gulfport offices. Alan Rogers, managing partner of the 91-year-old firm, said the staffing increase is part of a move to establish several […]

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AIDS-research pioneer, match.com founder are Innovate conference speakers

November 7, 2013

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Innovate Mississippi’s 14th annual Conference on Technology Innovation features two speakers from opposite sides of the spectrum, but a lineup that Innovate president and CEO Tony Jeff calls “one of the best we have ever had.” The two-day conference begins Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are $75. Visit www.innovatemsconference.com to view the complete […]

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Tupelo’s NMHS names Shane Spees as new president/CEO

November 7, 2013

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TUPELO, Mississippi — A national search for the new leader of North Mississippi Health Services netted a candidate that has strong ties to the Tupelo community. Shane Spees, a native of Tupelo who started his career in health care under the tutelage of Dan Wilford, a highly-respected and long-time administrator at North Mississippi Medical Center, […]

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Out with the old (hospital), in with the new (school)

November 7, 2013

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A site that once offered health care to the needy is soon to be home to new facilities that will train future health care professionals. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has approved a request to tear down the old Matty Hersee Charity Hospital building in Meridian, which closed in 1999. Meridian Community College […]

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Kaiser: 204,000 in state can get health insurance tax credits

November 6, 2013

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Once the federal government’s health insurance marketplace Web portal – healthcare.gov – is actually working, 204,000 uninsured Mississippians will be eligible for tax credits that can be used to lower the price of premiums on the exchange, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The Kaiser Foundation estimates the 204,000 has the potential […]

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