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Insurance chief urges governor to delay Medicaid expansion decision

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is advising Gov. Phil Bryant not to act hastily in committing either way on a federal offer to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of uninsured Mississippians. “We have asked the governor to refrain from committing to anything for the time being,” Chaney said, calling for more time to explore the state’s options. Just after ...

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State orders $423,801 repaid for bogus OT, call-back pay at mental health office

  Mississippi authorities have served Dr. Pam Baker, retired director of the South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach, a division of the Department of Mental Health, with a demand for repayment of $423,801 in unsubstantiated overtime and call-back pay to dozens of employees. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said Baker authorized payments to employees for call-back work that was performed ...

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State foreclosure inventory inches up as much of nation declines

Mississippi ended May with a 0.03 percent increase in home foreclosure inventory compared to the same period a year ago, California real estate research and inform CoreLogic reports. Mississippi’s increase comes as foreclosure inventories in most states are showing declining percentages, CoreLogic said. Mississippi’s residential foreclosure inventory represented 2.7 percent of all homes on the market. By comparison, the national ...

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Roberts rules: Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning Thursday. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever you like, the monetary penalty used to compel citizens ...

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National stats put Mississippi State 12th in campus crime

The University of Pennsylvania and Mississippi State University may seem worlds apart, with one famous for ivy and the other for cowbells. But they share a mid ranking among the 25 most crime riddled college campuses in the nation based on 2008-2010 statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Universities The college with the worst crime? That distinction goes ...

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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered. There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said. Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. ...

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OSHA seeks $104,000 in fines against GEO’s Meridian prison

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited private prison operator The GEO Group Inc. with six safety and health violations, including one willful, for exposing employees to workplace violence and failing to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of violence following a December 2011 inspection stemming from a complaint about its Meridian correctional facility. ...

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Lauderdale court worker admits she stole traffic ticket money

Victoria Nealy, former criminal deputy clerk in Lauderdale County Justice Court, has pleaded guilty to pocketing money motorists paid for traffic fines. She plead an open plea arrangement to embezzlement by a public official, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office investigated Nealy after receiving a tip that she was “fixing” tickets and embezzling cash ...

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Calls for BancorpSouth account info are scams, attorney general warns

  Scammers are trying to pry bank account information from Mississippians by advising they need to provide account details to help correct problems with their Bancorp South cards, Attorney General Jim Hood warns. Victims may receive a call on either their home phone or cell phones alerting them “there is a problem with their Bancorp South card,” Hood said. The ...

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American Bankers Association: Compliance costs crushing community banks

The American Bankers Association warned a House financial  services subcommittee Thursday that the cumulative impact of years of added regulations has pushed the nation’s community banks to the tipping point. ABA representatives specially cited dramatically increasing compliance costs – estimated at $50 billion annually — and said they threaten the future of community banks. William B. Grant, chairman and chief ...

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