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Supreme Court affirms November 4 U.S. Senate showdown

The election to fill the seat of retired U.S. Sen. Trent Lott will take place November 4. The Mississippi Supreme Court handed down its decision February 6 after more than a month of legal wrangling between Gov. Haley Barbour and Attorney General Jim Hood. Barbour originally set the election date for November after he received Lott’s official resignation last December. ...

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Consumer-driven healthcare on horizon

Gov. Haley Barbour’s Health Insurance Summit February 5 focused on the difficulty employees of small businesses in Mississippi have in acquiring and retaining health insurance. In response to that challenge, Barbour has proposed a health insurance exchange, which will centralize health insurers and providers and empower consumers and patients to choose their policies and plans from that list. The idea, ...

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Quality Education Act centerpiece for number of legislative agendas

The Mississippi Department of Education has combined its legislative priorities for the 2008 session into an omnibus package called the Quality Education Act (QEA). The package, whose total cost is $129.2 million, includes nine reforms. They are: • Fully funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) • Restoring funds for school building repair and teacher supplies that have been ...

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Study finds that adults aren’t that interested in vaccinations

The results of a recent study by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, a division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), show that far too few adults are getting vaccinations that could prevent diseases like shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer. That is despite heavy promotion by the manufacturers of the shots. Zoxtavas, the shingles vaccine made by Merck ...

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Retailers ready to see rebate shopping spree

After Congress and the White House reach a final agreement outlining the terms of an economic stimulus package, it is almost certain taxpayers can expect a check from the federal government to arrive some time late spring or early summer. Individuals will receive a $600 rebate, while couples will get in the neighborhood of $1,200, with child credits pushing that ...

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Tight budgets could limit economic development

Gov. Haley Barbour’s State of the State address January 21 outlined his intent to install a tax cut before he leaves office and highlighted the record employment level the state has achieved. And with new businesses like the Toyota Plant near Tupelo and SeverCorr’s steel plant in Columbus, there is reason for optimism. But his message about economic development for ...

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Business community watching, waiting as judicial bribery probe widens

By CLAY CHANDLER MBJ Staff Writer clay.chandler@msbusiness.com In two months, Mississippi’s still-unfolding judicial bribery case has brought to life a sequence of events that previously would have been reserved for the active imagination of a novelist or the aggressive paranoia of a conspiracy theorist. Six men, including one of the wealthiest and most politically powerful plaintiff’s attorneys in U.S. history, ...

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Mistletoe Marketplace success leads to store opening

First cousins Alexandra Wilkes and Leslie Decker had heard the question what seemed like a million times. They would handcraft their jewelry and showcase it every year about this time at Mistletoe Marketplace, the Christmas shopping extravaganza held at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Almost without fail, a customer would make a purchase and before leaving would ask the two, “Where’s ...

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