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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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MSU recruiting future doctors through Rural Medical Scholars

January 22, 2014

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Mississippi was facing a shortage of doctors even before the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Now, one public university is offering a program to try to put more physicians to work here in the Magnolia State. Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in a […]

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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire plot hits another legal snag

January 21, 2014

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A Greenwood doctor accused of attempting to have his ex-wife’s divorce attorney murdered has hit another roadblock in his efforts to have the charges dismissed. A judge has denied renewed arguments by Dr. Arnold Smith that all investigative and police actions carried out by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office are unconstitutional. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports […]

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UMMC signs agreement to operate helicopter in N. Miss.

January 14, 2014

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A new agreement between a Mississippi hospital and a medical helicopter company will mean better service for those in North Mississippi. AirCare, a medical transport helicopter service from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, will base a helicopter in Grenada this spring. AirCare bases its current helicopters at the main UMMC campus in […]

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UMMC to expand AirCare service with new helicopter in Grenada

January 13, 2014

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Addition of a third AirCare helicopter, which would be based at UMMC Grenada this spring, promises to save lives by quickly transporting patients to hospitals while providing advanced-life-support services en route. AirCare, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s emergency flight service, bases its current helicopters at the main UMMC campus in Jackson and at Key […]

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

January 10, 2014

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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and […]

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