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WCU-COM closes in on admission goal

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University has offered admission to 100 students into its new College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) as of May. Seventy-three seat deposits have been received with an additional 27 holding letters of acceptance for which payment is expected shortly. Interviews will continue until the inaugural class of 100 students has been filled. Of the 100 students offered ...

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Chiropractor faces insurance fraud charges

COLUMBUS — A Columbus chiropractor faces charges he committed insurance fraud, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Dr. James Donovan, 63, of the Donovan Chiropractic Clinic, turned himself in to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office May 14 after being indicted by a Lowndes Grand Jury on four counts of insurance fraud. The indictment alleges that Donovan made false or fraudulent ...

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Barbour files healthcare-reform lawsuit

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, today joined the multi-state, bipartisan lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law passed earlier this year. “The Health Care Law passed earlier this year is an unprecedented expansion of federal power,” Barbour said. “The Constitution does not give Congress or the federal government the authority to ...

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New healthcare center to open this month

LUCEDALE — The availability of medical specialty services in George County and surrounding areas is expanding thanks to a new partnership between Singing River Health System (SRHS) and George Regional Health System (GRHS). SRHS plans to open the George Regional Specialty Center this month, to be located at 57 Dewey St. in Lucedale. Neurologists and pain management specialists with SRHS ...

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Cochran: Healthcare reform pressuring budget

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, is predicting that unfunded costs for implementing and paying for the nation’s new healthcare reform law will put new pressure on the federal budget—and Congress. In a letter to Cochran, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ...

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First-of-its-kind court headed for Hub City

HATTIESBURG — Officials in Hattiesburg say Mississippi’s first behavioral health court will be located in the city, a newspaper reported. The new program will specifically target the special needs of misdemeanor offenders, suffering with mental health issues, according to a report yesterday in The Hattiesburg American. “We are finishing up the planning right now,” said Dorothea Van Buren, coordinator of ...

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Madison approves smoking ban

MADISON — Madison has adopted a smoke-free-air ordinance, switching from a voluntary ban on tobacco that all city businesses followed. The change passed unanimously on Tuesday. Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler is expected to sign the ordinance Wednesday or Thursday. The law will go into effect 30 days after she signs it. Butler tells The Clarion-Ledger the reason for moving from ...

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Report: South epicenter for H1N1 flu

More than 99 percent of specimens tested for influenza were positive for H1N1 over approximately the past 11 months, according to a report released from Quest Diagnostics Inc. And, it finds that the South is the epicenter for the disease. The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Report suggests that H1N1 “crowded out” other influenza viruses to be the dominant flu virus ...

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State's home care costs among lowest in U.S.

According to Genworth’s 2010 Cost of Care Survey, home care costs, as well as costs of other long-term care services, are lower in Mississippi than they are nationally. The median annual rate for home care costs in Mississippi is $36,608 statewide, 16 percent lower than the median annual rate of $43,472 nationally. Mississippi is the fourth most affordable state for ...

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Ex-surgeon indicted for witness tampering

JACKSON COUNTY — A Jackson County grand jury has indicted former heart surgeon David Bruce Allen on charges he allegedly tried to bribe witnesses in a marijuana cultivation case. Allen is charged with one count each of bribing a witness, witness tampering and trying to get someone to commit perjury. Prosecutors allege Allen tried to bribe his sister, Gail Lee, ...

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