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Senators concerned over healthcare reform report

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said serious concerns are raised about the Senate healthcare reform bill in a new independent analysis that indicates the legislation would fail to contain healthcare costs and could result in healthcare shortages for many Americans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary issued a ...

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Report: Food safety a growing problem

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its annual report on Household Food Security in the U.S., which revealed that in 2008, 17 million households, or 14.6 percent, were food insecure and families had difficulty putting enough food on the table at times during the year. This is an increase from 13 million households, ...

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Midcontinent hires ERS for replanting

Ecological Restoration Services, LLC, (ERS) a subsidiary of Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC of Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a contract by Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC to provide post-construction restoration services. Terms were not disclosed. ERS will replant approximately 120 acres of disturbed wetlands along 285 miles of pipeline in Louisiana and Mississippi. Elliott Bouillion, president and CEO of RES, ...

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Universities to present 'belt-tightening' plan

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Within a month, Mississippi’s eight public universities will finalize plans of action to cut back on the cost of textbooks, increase energy efficiency on campus and consolidate back office operations. Cost-savings plans in a dozen key areas were presented to the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning at its most regular meeting. Committing ...

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Barbour to hold small business summit

JACKSON — Two major issues with a huge impact on Mississippi’s small businesses will take center stage Sept. 16 as Gov. Haley Barbour holds a Small Business Forum at the Jackson Convention Complex. The forum is scheduled from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and will focus on healthcare and energy as well as an announcement of a new state initiative designed to ...

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Cardiologists using new tools

HATTIESBURG — Interventional cardiologists at Forrest General Hospital are using three new innovative devices to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Hattiesburg Clinic physicians Ben Rester, M.D., Randel Smith, M.D., Craig Thieling, M.D., and Robert Wilkins, M.D., who are all board-certified interventional cardiologists, began using these devices to treat patients with severe PAD. This disease is caused by plaque ...

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