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Mississippi ranked 14th in Rich States/Poor States Index

April 15, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A new report on economic competitiveness ranks Mississippi 14th in the nation. The findings were released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Rich States, Poor States report looks as 15 basic economic policies and how legislative action and state regulations affect them from state-to-state. Those include various tax rates, regulatory […]

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Pass the mashed potatoes — Mississippi the fattest state again

April 7, 2014

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Did you think healthy eating habits had changed in the Jackson Metro area or in Mississippi, in general? Fat chance. A Gallop Well Being survey listed Mississippi as the fattest state in the nation with 35.4 percent of it’s population listed as obese. Not to be outdone, Jackson was the ninth-ranked city in America for […]

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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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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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Doctors at UMMC complete state’s first pancreas transplant

December 12, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Building on the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s record of firsts, surgeons transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man on Thursday night, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant […]

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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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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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Gov. Bryant may prefer Legislature instead of courts to face BlueCross

November 4, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant may not be ending his battle with BlueCross & BlueShield, but instead may be moving the contest to a different venue – a political venue where he has more expertise – the Mississippi Legislature. Bryant, for whatever reason, decided last week he did not want to […]

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Back-to-back events bring crowds to Bay St. Louis

October 31, 2013

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Bay St. Louis businesses are enjoying back-to-back crowd-generating events this month. First it was the combined Cruisin’ the Coast and Second Saturday celebration Oct. 12. Saturday was the wind up of three days worth of vintage cars parading around to different venues. Restaurants, shops and hotels gave the popular annual event high marks. Last week, […]

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West Nile Virus takes life of third Mississippian in 2013

October 30, 2013

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West Nile disease is transmitted from birds to mosquitoes and finally to humans. It can be fatal and to date there is no cure.

JACKSON, Mississippi – According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the third Mississippian of 2013 has died of West Nile virus (WNV). The death occurred in a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two […]

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