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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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Quitman tax assessor charged with embezzlement, fraud over credit card use

January 28, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Quitman County Tax Assessor Kimberly Bell has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud in what authorities say stemmed from more than $50,000 in unauthorized credit card charges, including cash advances of over $8,000. Sheriff’s deputies booked Bell into the Quitman County Jail Monday. Bell, 38, is […]

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Authorites offering reward for information in gun shop robberies

January 23, 2014

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Authorities are looking for leads in a series of gun  hop smash-and-dash robberies, and they are putting their money on it. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $5,000 reward to solve the break-ins at South Mississippi gun stores. Authorities say the gun thief went from Gautier to Ocean Springs before […]

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Coast Coliseum executive charged with helping himself to ATM cash

January 23, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — As an assistant manager at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center Ticket Office, Brian Gregory’s job gave him all the tools he needed to loot ATMs at the center owned by the state. Authorities allege he employed those tools to the tune of nearly $32,000 – the sum Biloxi police estimate […]

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Senate task force finds plenty of road, bridge problems but no money for fixes

January 22, 2014

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON, Mississippi– A task force created by the 2013 Senate has concluded that the state does not generate enough revenue to take care of its transportation needs. But the task force, which completed its work Tuesday, did not recommend any method to pay for those needs. Senate Transportation […]

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Min Sang armed robbery is troubling

January 21, 2014

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I know my fellow Greenvillians were saddened by the news of an armed robbery at Min Sang Grocery Store, while relieved to hear that the Sue brothers, though wounded, are fine. What is troubling is how long the store on Alexander Street has operated even as the neighborhoods around it have declined, and the blow […]

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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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Target offers card holders free credit monitoring as fraud reaction grows

January 17, 2014

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Target’s recent effort to regain the trust of its shoppers after a credit card security breach seems to have backfired. Customers, it seems, are still on edge when it comes to the retailer, the Huffington Post reports. The company was the victim of a security breach during the holiday shopping season that compromised around 40 […]

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Bassfield mayor, fire chief, other town officials avoid prison for equipment fraud

January 16, 2014

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PEARL, Mississippi – A half-dozen leaders of Bassfield – including the mayor, current and former fire chiefs, city clerk and a police officer – have escaped prison sentences for using the State of Mississippi’s Surplus Property yard as a personal outdoor recreational equipment and sporting goods store. They used money from the treasury of the […]

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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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