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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

May 1, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … […]

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61,494 in Miss. enroll in US-run health exchange

May 1, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31. Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who […]

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Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

April 23, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It becomes law July 1. It will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ […]

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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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