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State may expand nurse practitioners' authority

JACKSON — With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states, including Mississippi, are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “doctor.” For years, nurse practitioners have been playing ...

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Healthcare lawsuit could be filed next month

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour says it will probably be mid-May when he joins a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. More than a dozen other states have already joined the federal suit filed by Florida. Republican Barbour originally asked Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to represent Mississippi. Hood said April 9 that Barbour could hire a private ...

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Hood gives go-ahead to healthcare lawsuit

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general said Friday he would not try to stop the Republican governor from joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. Gov. Haley Barbour says he intends to join the lawsuit when the lead state, Florida, amends its original court filing. It’s not clear when that might happen. In late March, Barbour asked Hood to ...

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Nevada governor orders healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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Nevada governor orders state to join healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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Attorneys general resisting healthcare lawsuit

PHOENIX — Republican governors in two western states want to join in legal challenges to recent federal health care legislation, but each is meeting stiff resistance from the same obstacle: an attorney general from the rival party. Amid campaign-year jockeying, high-profile health-care disputes have erupted between the states’ top elected officials in both Arizona and Nevada. In Nevada, Democratic Attorney ...

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Arkansas AG becomes Republican target

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Conservatives have plenty of passion and anger to direct at Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel as they push for him to fight the new federal health care law. They just don’t have any leverage to see that he does it. McDaniel has emerged as the new target of Republicans opposed to the health care overhaul that ...

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Barbour maneuvering for healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON— Gov. Haley Barbour has reaffirmed his commitment to have Mississippi join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation approved by the U.S. Congress. Barbour made the announcement after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, declined to file a lawsuit by noon, March 25, as asked by Barbour, a Republican. And, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) ...

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Hood needs more time before filing healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he needs more time to evaluate a new federal healthcare law before deciding whether to challenge it in court. Gov. Haley Barbour had given Hood until noon today to say whether the Attorney General’s Office would file a lawsuit. Barbour, a Republican, said he would file one himself if Democrat Hood chooses ...

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