Tag Archives: Gov. Phil Bryant

BOBBY HARRISON: Politics sometimes creates strange bedfellows

November 1, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison At least one positive in the current dispute between insurance company BlueCross & BlueShield and private hospital company Health Management Associates is a rare glimpse of bipartisanship in the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood – often at odds – are joining forces to try to force […]

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Chaney obliging Bryant on probe of BCBS provider adequacy

October 31, 2013

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With a U.S. District judge having invalidated his executive order, Gov. Phil Bryant says he will no longer seek to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi to re-instate in-network status to policyholders who use the services of the 10 Mississippi hospitals owned by Health Management Associates. But the governor still wants to get […]

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Gov. Phil Bryant proclaims November as Innovation Month

October 31, 2013

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Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — While speaking today to nearly 2,000 business leaders from around the state at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event, Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed November as Innovation Month in Mississippi. “Mississippi’s economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2012, marking the first time the state’s economy surpassed $100 billion,” Bryant said. “This growth […]

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A promise not a threat: Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

October 22, 2013

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JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of  BCBS’s […]

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UPDATE: Bryant vows ‘not to yield’ to Army’s plan to close USM’s ROTC program

October 11, 2013

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vowed to fight Obamacare to the bending end. Now he’s got a new federal opponent – the U.S. Army. The Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Southern Mississippi as part of a consolidation strategy led Bryant to visit the campus Friday […]

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Wayne Farms expanding in Laurel, adding 150 jobs

October 11, 2013

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LAUREL, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Wayne Farms, producer of fresh and processed poultry, announced today the company is expanding its operations in Laurel. The expansion involves the addition of a new processing line and the renovation of the company’s existing facility. The project represents a company investment of $3 million and […]

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Pickett to chair parole board, Townsend takes at-large position

October 10, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant selected Steven Pickett to chair the State Parole Board, and Butch Townsend is leaving the Pearl Police Department to serve as the board’s at-large member. Pickett will replace the board’s current chairman, Doug Davis, who plans to resign Oct. 15 to become chief of staff for Secretary of State […]

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Biloxi passes proposal to build minor league stadium for 2015 season

October 8, 2013

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Proposed Biloxi minor league baseball stadium (Courtesy of Dale Partners)

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved a plan by a 5-2 vote to build a $36 million minor league baseball stadium across from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino on U.S. 90. In a series of three votes, the council decided to use a $21 million in bond issue, and $15 million from a […]

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GodwinGroup hosting 50 top advertising executives

September 26, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Beginning today, the Jackson-based advertising agency GodwinGroup is hosting 50 top advertising executives from the United States and Europe. The attendees are part of MAGNET, the Marketing & Advertising Global Network, an affiliation of independent advertising and marketing agencies that represent a combined $4 billion annually in billings. The conference concludes Saturday. […]

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Tactical rifle maker TALON to open operations in Ridgeland

July 26, 2013

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Mississippi lawmakers aiming to make the state a mecca for production of firearms and firearms accessories notched their first success Friday with an announcement that startup TALON Ordnance will begin manufacturing an AR-15-style semi-automatic sporting rifle in Ridgeland. TALON’s startup coincides with a huge upswing in demand for rifles in the AR-15 platform, whose design […]

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