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Personhood opponents angry over new life-at-conception bill

JACKSON — Opponents say they are angry that Mississippi lawmakers are considering proposals to declare life begins at conception, months after voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment. Several bills would also put new restrictions on abortion in a state that already requires a 24-hour waiting period before any abortion can be performed and parental consent for a minor seeking the ...

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Judge gives cancer center defendants more time for defense

SUMMIT — A federal judge has granted a request to delay the trial of a doctor and two employees charged in a scheme to dilute cancer drugs and use old syringes on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for trial Feb. 7. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan signed an order last week pushing ...

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Budget writers looking at significant cut to Health Department funding

JACKSON — Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million — the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million. That recommendation comes at a time when the state ranks first in the nation for adult obesity, teen birth rate and infant mortality; second ...

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Surgeon cleared on charge of growing marijuana

JACKSON COUNTY — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against former heart surgeon, who in 2009 was accused of growing marijuana on his 50-acre property in Jackson County. District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a statement yesterday that Circuit Robert Krebs signed the order to dismiss Monday. David Bruce Allen was charged in February 2009 after a raid on his north ...

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Man charged with practicing unlicensed medicine

OXFORD — An Oxford man has been freed on bond after being arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Agent-in-charge Keith Davis, agent-in-charge with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit, tells the Oxford Eagle 50-year-old Mukund K. Patel has been charged with eight counts. Davis says the investigation is continuing. Patel has been free on $2,000 bond. No trial date ...

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Physician pleads guilty to role in kickback scheme

OXFORD — A Batesville physician has pleaded guilty to bribing then-Panola County administrator David Chandler with $25,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 51-year-old Robert S. Corkern appeared before U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford yesterday. In taking the plea deal, Corkern avoids trial with two co-defendants, Raymond Shoemaker of Tupelo, a healthcare executive, and Lee Garner, ...

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Cancer doctor's attorney asks for more time for defense

SUMMIT — A defense lawyer wants a federal judge to give him more time to prepare for trial in the case of a cancer clinic accused of using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs. Attorney George Lucas asked for the delay because he expects prosecutors to hand over thousands more pages of information he must review before the Feb. 7 ...

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Ex-surgeon gets jail time for writing illegal prescriptions

GULFPORT — A former Gulf Coast surgeon has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for writing and selling illegal prescriptions. In addition to the 135-month prison term, 43-year-old Je Song also was fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. The Sun Herald said a co-defendant — 41-year-old Oliver “Butch” Shoemaker Jr. received a 58-month ...

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Ex-doctor, accomplice to be sentenced for illegal prescriptions

STONE COUNTY — A former south Mississippi doctor and another man are scheduled for sentencing this week for selling pain pills and anxiety medicine to people without a legitimate medical exam. Authorities say Je Song, a former Stone County surgeon, wrote prescriptions that ended up in the hands of people he never examined, and in some cases people he never ...

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Patient claims HIV infection from Rose Cancer Center

SUMMIT — A cancer clinic doctor in south Mississippi who was already facing federal criminal charges for allegedly using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs is now facing a civil lawsuit that claims a patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, has been held without bond since her arrest in ...

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