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BILL CRAWFORD — Does pro-life Mississippi let people die or help them live?

Is Mississippi only pro-life when it’s easy? Or are we pro-life when it’s hard too? I am led to ask these questions by two occurrences discussed below. (Too many similar tragedies and uncaring attitudes occur across our state.) This first one was profiled in the Clarion-Ledger last week. “A woman died after suffering a simple asthma attack,” read the headline. ...

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Memorial names 4th Quarter 2018 STAR recipients

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named the recipients of the Fourth Quarter 2018 Star awards, which recognize customer service. The recipients are, from left, seated, George Shrout, Security; Dawn Harris, Emergency Services; Rita Darden, Supply Chain and Distribution. Standing: Trisha Watts, Cardiac Cath Lab; Courtney Turner, Cardiology; and Michael Mallette, Professional Development. (Courtesy of Memorial Hospital)

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Bertschler joins Merit Health in Byram

Merit Health Medical Group has added Erica Bertschler, CFNP, to its allied health staff in Byram. Erica holds her master of science degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Additionally, she holds her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Delta State University in Cleveland.

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Lynn Phillips-Gaines ranked among Forbes Best-in-State

Lynn Phillips-Gaines, a certified financial planner at Phillips Financial and financial advisor with Raymond James, in Starkville was recently named to Forbes 2019 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List for the second consecutive year. The list spotlights top-performing advisors across the United States who were nominated by their firms and then researched, interviewed, and ranked in their respective states.

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The First promotes Eric Waldron

The First has announce the promotion of Eric Waldron to Mississippi region president for The First, A National Banking Association located in Hattiesburg. He is the former northern region president for The First. Eric lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Tracey. Eric and Tracey have three children and their first grandchild due in March. Eric was born in Dyersburg, TN, ...

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Mining equipment maker invests $15 million to add 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY The Weir Group, a Glasgow, Scotland-based mining equipment manufacturer, announced Wednesday that it is investing $15 million in its Newton manufacturing facility as part of a $50 million plan supporting an additional 150 jobs at the plant. When the investment plan is complete, employment will increase to more than 400 workers, a 60 percent increase from 2016. ...

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LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment background screening industry

By TED CARTER You can still get hired in a New York Minute – or something close to it. The difference is that nowadays the person doing the hiring knows a lot more about you and can set expectations accordingly, says Ricky Rayborn, a principal and president of LaborChex Inc., a Brandon employment background screening company that did its first ...

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Employers can go deep into your background but must avoid pitfalls

By TED CARTER Mississippi pretty much leaves it to the federal government to regulate job and credit background screenings of state residents. Under federal provisions, screeners can make a deep dive into a job applicant’s past. They can look into credit history, consumer history, criminal history, civil litigation history, driving records, previous employment history, educational history, social media history, and ...

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Background screeners have been growing exponentially

By TED CARTER The U.S. professional background screening business has never been hotter. Eight out of 10 employers use it for full-time hires. That expansion has occurred rapidly with improvements in the completeness of the screenings, the speed in which they are performed and their affordability. Related stories » LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment  » Employers can go deep into ...

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