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Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don’t mess around. The states, among the poorest in the country, are the only ones that refuse to exempt school children from mandatory vaccinations based on their parents’ personal or religious beliefs. Separate ...

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Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope we get 100,000 people or ...

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CRAWFORD: Is everyone, including Phillip Gunn, a RINO these days

Republicans coined the term “RINO” (Republicans in Name Only) to denigrate other Republicans who didn’t toe the conservative line. These days, I’m having trouble seeing the line. Thought it had to do with cutting the cost and size of government, reducing public and corporate welfare, and such. Must be a different line, though, with top Republicans ignoring the line I ...

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Lawmakers promise review of CON process next session

Two recent rulings from the Mississippi Supreme Court have healthcare policymakers vowing to take a look at the state’s certificate of need process come the next legislative session. The state’s high court ruled June 14 that University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson was subject to the CON law, but the Mississippi State Department of Health could make “teaching exceptions” ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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MBJ Editorial: Year later, beer has New Albany business buzzing

It wasn’t that long ago that a beer bill in the Legislature was getting lots of attention from around the state. It died a quiet death, never making it out of committee. At the crux of our story were two Mississippi men who have started a craft beer business in Louisiana. They never considered Mississippi, in part, because of our ...

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Stupid comments from Mississippi politicians

By the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi’s legislators just aren’t afraid to blast their cowardice to the world. The MBJ’s most recent favorite examples: The Clarion-Ledger‘s Jan. 21 story “Open meetings bill passes Senate floor” highlights a new law (SB 2289) that would put teeth in the state’s Open Meeting Act. Elected officials who violate the act would have to personally ...

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Bizz killer

Dean Kirby’s fear of voters leaves millions of tax dollars on table Since 2003, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln has operated as Mississippi’s only brewer, churning out locally flavored beer and becoming a small business success story. But it isn’t what it could be financially because of Mississippi’s laws that restrict the alcohol content in beers to 5 percent ...

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