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Insurance chief urges governor to delay Medicaid expansion decision

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is advising Gov. Phil Bryant not to act hastily in committing either way on a federal offer to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of uninsured Mississippians. “We have asked the governor to refrain from committing to anything for the time being,” Chaney said, calling for more time to explore the state’s options. Just after ...

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CARTER: Romney may have generational edge in repelling space invaders

       Americans give President Obama only so-so marks on his handling of the economy. But nearly two out of three say he’s the leader they want calling the shots once an armada of flying saucers comes over the horizon, National Geographic’s “Aliens Among Us” poll found. The magazine surveyed a random nationwide sample of 1,114 Americans from May ...

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Roberts rules: Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning Thursday. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever you like, the monetary penalty used to compel citizens ...

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Senate passes farm bill with $23 billion in cuts; House action next

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had predicted that legislation so expensive and ...

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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered. There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said. Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. ...

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Mississippi Realtors joining in DC rally to spotlight homeownership policies

Realtors from Mississippi and elsewhere across the country will gather in front of the Washington Monument May 17 to express disappointment and frustration with federal home ownership policies. Dubbed “The Rally to Protect the American Dream,” the idea is to assemble a sea of 10,000 blue-shirted Realtors to push Congress and the White House to begin paying attention to the ...

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American Bankers Association: Compliance costs crushing community banks

The American Bankers Association warned a House financial  services subcommittee Thursday that the cumulative impact of years of added regulations has pushed the nation’s community banks to the tipping point. ABA representatives specially cited dramatically increasing compliance costs – estimated at $50 billion annually — and said they threaten the future of community banks. William B. Grant, chairman and chief ...

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Louisiana, Mississippi largest gainers in CEO business climate survey

Louisiana and Mississippi are on a fast track toward gaining rankings as top places in the nation for doing business, a survey published in CEO Magazine found. While Texas continues to be the top-ranked, Louisiana and Mississippi showed the largest one-year gains in rankings, with the Bayou State climbing from number 27 to 13 and Mississippi rising from 38 to ...

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Workers’ comp reforms headed to governor for signing

Workers’ compensation legislation seen as a victory for business and a setback for workers’ rights passed the Mississippi Legislature Monday. The bill sponsored by Sen. Will Longwitz (R – Madison) is touted as encouraging economic growth, creating safer workplaces and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice. Longwitz said the reforms are designed to return fairness to a system that ...

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