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Gov. Phil Bryant proclaims November as Innovation Month

JACKSON, Mississippi — While speaking today to nearly 2,000 business leaders from around the state at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event, Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed November as Innovation Month in Mississippi. “Mississippi’s economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2012, marking the first time the state’s economy surpassed $100 billion,” Bryant said. “This growth would not be possible without ...

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HMA pleased with Blue Cross reinstatement of 4 hospitals but bemoans continued 'squeeze'

Health Management Associates executives Tuesday welcomed Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals but say the contractual impasse still leaves some Mississippi communities facing a medical provider crisis. Late Monday afternoon, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi gave notice it is willing to reinstate network provider status starting Tuesday ...

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Time running out for Obamacare exchange fixes

Autumn coolness may have arrived in Washington D.C. but the heat is on big time for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fix the many, many bugs in the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, Time magazine reports. They have one month. If the officials running the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges cannot fix crippling computer ...

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Event looks to put businesses in vacant downtown buildings

Two economic development organizations and a public university have teamed up for an event aimed at matching businesses with available sites in Natchez. On Nov. 9, “Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places” will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, and will showcase 12 vacant buildings on Main and Franklin streets that are available for sale ...

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Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment ...

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Health plans group CEO sees momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON, Mississippi — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, a former United Health Care lobbyist and six-year member of the Indiana Senate, said momentum is growing among Mississippi legislators to ...

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Businessweek: Debt default will bring economic calamity, new depression

Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen, Bloomberg Businessweek predicts. Failure ...

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The business license cop is on patrol

If you’re a business owner in the city of Natchez, watch out. The business license cop is on his way. The city has entered into a contract with retired law enforcement officer George Rutherford, who has been charged with checking every business in Natchez to make sure they have a valid license. The Natchez Democrat reports Rutherford is starting his ...

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one of the more troubling findings, ...

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