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Study looks at food assistance programs and cost of living

STARKVILLE — Food assistance programs are designed to keep children fed who otherwise would be hungry, but a recent Southern Rural Development Center study found they often contribute to obesity in cities with a high cost of living. The study was conducted by Elizabeth Rigby of The George Washington University and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro of Rice University. It was commissioned ...

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Supervisors vote to talk about hospital project

OXFORD — Lafayette County supervisors have voted to move forward with negotiations with Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300-million facility in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle reports that next up in the process is the Oxford City Council. Earlier this week, the board of supervisors voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding ...

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William Carey does not extend dean's contract

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is searching for a new dean for its college of osteopathic medicine. The Hattiesburg American reports that the decision was made after administrators decided not to rehire the college’s founding dean and vice president, Michael Murphy. Murphy, who completed his three-year contract on Jan. 15, said he was not given a reason for the non- ...

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IHL calls foundation's nursing report 'landmark'

JACKSON — The Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine recently released The Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” a thorough examination of the nursing workforce, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The report looks at nursing practice, education and ...

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Physicians, nurse practitioners at odds over bill

JACKSON — Some Mississippi physicians and nurse practitioners are at odds over a bill that would change the way they work together. The House bill would delete a regulation that the advanced-practices nurses enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician located within 15 miles. A hearing on the proposal was held Tuesday at the Capitol. According to the Mississippi ...

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College gets $350K for scholarships, equipment

HATTIESBURG — The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg recently gave $350,000 to Pearl River Community College for scholarships and dental hygiene equipment. The grant will be used to further the education of students living in the eight counties served by the foundation, said executive director Bill Ray. “They are usually students who stay at home and contribute to the Mississippi economy,” ...

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MDOT's 'MED-COM' wins another national award

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has been chosen as the recipient of the International Road Federation’s (IRF’s) 2010 Global Road Achievement Award for Safety for an interagency project that will assist first responders. MDOT’s Traffic Engineering Division will be accepting the award for the “msTraffic MED-COM Project,” which allows travel network information to be rapidly shared and utilized ...

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Medicaid spending to come in under budget

JACKSON — It looks as if Medicaid spending is going to come in under the forecast, but Gov. Haley Barbour is still urging lawmakers to be cautious. “(Yesterday) the Division of Medicaid advised me spending for Medicaid beneficiaries will actually be less than the amount budgeted last April. My conservative estimate is there will be $40-50 million less spent by ...

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Law firm: St. D agrees to lawsuit settlement

JACKSON — Seven more hospitals, including one in Mississippi, have agreed to pay the government a total of $6.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving the overcharge of Medicare for a type of back surgery known as “kyphoplasty,” according to the law firm of Phillips & Cohen, LLP, which cited a Department of Justice announcement made Jan. 4. The ...

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NMMC begins major construction project

TUPELO — North Mississippi Medical Center has started construction on its $55-million expansion that includes a new five-story west tower plus renovations to the hospital’s main unit. NMMC officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that when work is completed in 42 months, rooms in the old tower and the new facility will be larger. Officials say staff will have ...

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