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House puts open hospital meetings and records back on track

JACKSON — The Mississippi House gave new life Tuesday to a push to open some now-closed public hospital board meetings and expand access to hospital records. The House voted 109-8 to send forward an amended version of Senate Bill 2407. The House and Senate will have to work out their differences before the bill could become law. The push for ...

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More than 100,000 enroll for health insurance in Mississippi

JACKSON — New figures show that 104,538 Mississippi residents have enrolled in the federal health insurance marketplace. The numbers were released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. Of Mississippians enrolled through the federal marketplace, 93 percent — or 97,220 — qualified for subsidies in the form of tax credits. The average tax credit for state residents was ...

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Collegiate career sidelined by heart ailment, Brandon's Tyler Adams gets start in Hoyas' final game

A heart ailment snatched away former Brandon basketball star Tyler Adams’s collegiate career soon after he arrived at Georgetown University as a much-heralded recruit. Another basketball highlight remained for the 6’9 senior, though he had no idea it was coming until Georgetown Coach John Thompson III called the team together after practice last Thursday, the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore writes. ...

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Bill would make only 1 hospital follow open-meetings act

JACKSON — Only one publicly owned hospital in Mississippi would be required to abide by the state open-meetings and public-records laws, under a watered-down version of a bill that passed a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 2407 was prompted by massive problems with the employee pension plan at Singing River Hospital in Jackson County, and that’s the only hospital remaining ...

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NMMC-Tupelo names new president

TUPELO — David Wilson, the current president of Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama, has been named president of the North Mississippi Medical Center. Wilson will begin his new job on March 30 in Tupelo. The 50-year-old Wilson is the southern market leader for the Birmingham-based Baptist Health System, a four-hospital system. Before joining Baptist in 2006, he was CEO ...

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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Ocean Springs doctor named district health officer

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi State Department of Health has named an Ocean Springs pediatrician as the replacement for longtime District IX Health Officer Robert Travnicek, who retired in 2013. The Sun Herald reports D’Ette Lorio will serve has as the district health officer for Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Lorio will transition from practicing as ...

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Tupelo to get its first Walmart Neighborhood Market

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The first of what could be as many as three smaller-format Walmart stores in Tupelo is expected to be built this year. On Thursday, Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper confirmed that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had officially requested a permit to build a 40,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city. The store will ...

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MDOC task force seeks public input

JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing the Mississippi prison system after a former corrections commissioner was indicted on corruption charges will hold three meetings to take public comments on where its work should go. “The task force is interested in hearing real-life experiences from Mississippians, including these groups directly affected by the management of the Department of Corrections,” co-chairman Andy Taggart ...

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Mississippi appeals blocked abortion law to US Supreme Court

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court. In papers filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in 2012 ...

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