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State approves new mosquito pesticide

GREENVILLE — Long at a disadvantage in the ceaseless war against mosquitoes and the diseases they bear, the Mississippi Delta is about to catch a break. A new pesticide has recently been approved by the State of Mississippi for use in the Delta, where, years ago, organophosphate-based pesticides were heavily applied to counter the cotton-infesting boll weevil. That liberal use ...

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Tobie Gillean gets leadership post

Tobie Gillean, LCSW, CCM, has been named director of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute and Skilled Nursing Facility in Tupelo. Gillean has been employed by NMMC for 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently serving as clinical coordinator for the Rehabilitation Institute and Skilled Nursing Facility. In her new position, she will provide operational oversight to clinical ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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Sen. Wicker to keynote Delta Council’s 80th annual meeting

STONEVILLE — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chair of the Armed Services Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the 80th Annual Meeting of Delta Council on the campus at 10:30 am, Friday, May 29. The gathering will be at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland. Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the Senate since 2007, has championed issues such ...

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Prison system could save money with health care contract

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says the state could save $2 million over the next three years by choosing a new private contractor to provide health care for inmates. The health services contract is one of several Department of Corrections financial pacts that are being redone after last year’s federal criminal indictment of former Commissioner ...

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. ...

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Mississippi economic index shows first rise since fall

Components of the Mississippi Leading Index, or MLI, collectively rose 0.6 percent in February, the first increase since October, state economists report. The value of the index increased 3.9 percent from the previous February, according to the April issue of Mississippi’s Business, an economic monitoring newsletter published by the University Research Center, an arm of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher ...

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Georgia legalizes medical pot, limits use to 8 ailments

ATLANTA — To the squeals of sick children and thunderous applause from their parents, an emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, makes it legal for people to possess up to ...

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Feds to set new off-shore drilling rule, 5 years after BP oil spill

The New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said Friday. The announcement of the Interior Department regulation, which could be made as soon as ...

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