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Barbour maneuvering for healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON— Gov. Haley Barbour has reaffirmed his commitment to have Mississippi join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation approved by the U.S. Congress. Barbour made the announcement after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, declined to file a lawsuit by noon, March 25, as asked by Barbour, a Republican. And, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) ...

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DRMC names interim CEO/president

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Hood needs more time before filing healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he needs more time to evaluate a new federal healthcare law before deciding whether to challenge it in court. Gov. Haley Barbour had given Hood until noon today to say whether the Attorney General’s Office would file a lawsuit. Barbour, a Republican, said he would file one himself if Democrat Hood chooses ...

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Senate Dems hit snag with healthcare bill

WASHINGTON — After nine straight hours of beating back Republican amendments, Senate Democrats hit a temporary snag today in their drive to rush through a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Democratic Senate leaders had hoped to complete work on the fix-it bill by midday Thursday and get it quickly to Obama ...

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Democrats report vandalism, threats

Bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother and lawmakers who voted for a federal health care bill have received obscenity-laced phone threats in the days before and after passage of the sweeping legislation. The FBI is investigating the vandalism and threats, which include the shattering of windows at ...

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Democrats to GOP: Healthcare reform done deal

WASHINGTON — The number two Senate Democrat accused Republicans today of refusing to accept the finality of health care changes, a day after President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping medical system remake since Medicare. “This is a political exercise for too many on the other side of the aisle,” said Sen. Dick Durbin. “We’re going to tell our people ...

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Walgreens to pay $6M to settle FTC charges

WASHINGTON — In a continuing crackdown on companies making unproven claims about cold and flu remedies, the Federal Trade Commission has announced two more cases. National pharmacy chain Walgreens has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle FTC charges that the company deceptively advertised “Wal-Born” – a line of dietary supplements similar to the Airborne cold-and-flu treatment – using ...

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Hood yet to file healthcare bill lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark healthcare overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, was not one of them. “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all ...

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NAM commends Taylor for voting against healthcare bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is expressing its thanks to Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) for opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). “Manufacturers commend Congressman Taylor for his leadership and political courage in opposing this fundamentally flawed legislation,” said NAM president John Engler. “The United States has lost more than two million manufacturing jobs ...

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Hospital expansion getting underway

STARKVILLE — Officials will break ground today in Starkville for the expansion of Oktibbeha County Hospital. They will also announce the hospital’s new name. Local voters approved a $27.5-million bond issue in 2008 to finance construction of a new west tower. The Starkville Daily News reports that the hospital will remain at 96 beds, but the expansion will allow for ...

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