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It’s cheaper to be… fat

Sebelius: Healthy foods too expensive, lifestyles too sedentary Mississippi, by any measure, is the poorest state in the U.S. It’s also the fattest state. Those two dynamics feed off each other, and it’s not hard to discern why. Healthy food, fruits and vegetables and anything grown organically, is expensive. Food loaded in sodium and saturated fats, food that has been ...

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Hospital chief to enhance communication

New DRMC chief of staff seeks to bring doctors, administrators together Dr. Maroun Hayek has been practicing oncology at Delta Regional Medical Center’s Delta Cancer Institute for 11 years. He’s about to get a taste of the administrative side. Hayek, 45, took over as chief of staff at the hospital Nov. 1. He’ll continue to see patients, but his role ...

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St. Dominic hopes brand will spur retail growth

Already strong brand name should help as hospital venture begins with Wal-Mart locations St. Dominic Hospital is counting on its strong brand recognition to carry its first venture into the retail healthcare market. On Nov. 8, St. Dominic’s will open “The Clinic at Walmart” in the Pearl supercenter. The reasons behind the jump into retail healthcare, said a St. Dominic’s official ...

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Callon: Onshore operations exceeding expectations

Haynesville Shale producing, but the Natchez-based petroleum group is minimizing recovery there in the interest of long term production results Natchez-based Callon Petroleum Co.’s move into onshore drilling is apparently paying off. In a late September operations update, the company said proved reserves increased to 13 million net barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) on Sept. 1, representing a 34 percent ...

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Business support can’t overcome voter anger

Taylor, Childers beaten despite significant campaign money from business interests Among the winners of last week’s midterm elections in Mississippi were new Republican congressmen Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo. Butler Snow had a pretty good election, too, but not because of incumbent fatigue. The Ridgeland-based law firm used the campaign finance market saturation model to land on the winning side ...

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Coast lags behind in latest consumer confidence ratings

Survey done by Mississippi State’s Economy Watch student publication Like every other small business on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Comvest Properties in Biloxi has seen its bottom line affected by the summer’s oil spill. Comvest develops retail outlets in South Mississippi and Louisiana. Just as it was for the tourism industry, retail development slowed considerably in those areas as the fear ...

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Solid business support couldn't save Taylor, Childers

Among the winners of Tuesday night’s midterm elections in Mississippi were new Republican congressmen Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo. Butler Snow had a pretty good election, too, but not because of incumbent fatigue. The Ridgeland-based law firm used the market saturation model to land on the winning side in each of Mississippi’s four congressional races. Butler Snow’s political action committee ...

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Eastover project set to go

Jackson developer hopes that his District at Eastover is soon a reality Ted Duckworth has spent the better part of three years working on the District at Eastover in Jackson. And he is as close as he ever been to concrete results. After negotiations with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann over lease terms for the Old Blind School property stalled, ...

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Eminent domain appeal window unclear

On Oct. 22, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann certified that Farm Bureau’s petition to eliminate the use of eminent domain for private development had enough signatures for the initiative to appear on the statewide ballot in 2011. Hosemann’s certification amounts to an administrative ruling, and if Mississippi’s rules for administrative appeals apply, any legal challenge to Farm Bureau’s initiative would ...

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