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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court


JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round


The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal


JACKSON — The entity that procures power for many Mississippi electric cooperatives Wednesday pulled out of a deal to buy 15 percent of the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant, blowing a hole in Mississippi Power’s financing plan for the project. South Mississippi Electric Power Association spokeswoman Sara Peterson said SMEPA’s board voted to back out of a plan to ...

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Daily Journal editor to head education foundation

TUPELO — Lloyd Gray, executive editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 23 years, is leaving the newspaper to become executive director of The Phil Hardin Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday in the newspaper by Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster. Foster says no decision has been made on Gray’s successor. “Lloyd is an outstanding editor and an ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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Meridian's FMC relocating headquarters to Florida

MERIDIAN — Headquarters for a 60-year-old Meridian company with more than 40 branches throughout Mississippi and Louisiana will relocate to Florida in July. Financial Management and Investment Corp. will move its headquarters from Meridian to Pensacola, Florida, said company CEO Tag Purvis. “Recently, we were courted by the city of Pensacola as a targeted industry,” Purvis said. “We have purchased ...

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New Orleans developer buys landmark in home town, Meridian

MERIDIAN — A New Orleans developer has bought a downtown Meridian landmark — the old Hulett Furniture Co. building. Tim Hester says he was looking to invest in his home town, The Meridian Star reports. “I grew up in Meridian, played football at Meridian High, but as a developer I’ve worked in Tupelo for the past 25 years,” Hester said. ...

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Federal agency gives $1.5M for Meridian work training center

MERIDIAN — The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $1.5 million grant Monday to help Meridian Community College renovate and expand the college’s workforce development center. College President Scott Elliott said the grant will allow the college to complete work on the center, housed in a former Wal-Mart store. “Communities who are successful in attracting new industry tend to have ...

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Lineup announced for 2015 Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

MERIDIAN — The Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers is among performers at this year’s Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival in Meridian. The 62nd annual festival is May 1-2 on the lawn of the Meridian City Hall. The Stone County Rangers won a Grammy in 2013 for their album “Nobody Knows You.” Joining them for performances on May 1 will be ...

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