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With new building complete, what is to become of old hospital?

PICAYUNE — Now that the new Highland Community Hospital building has been completed, some Picayune residents may wonder what will become of the old location. Originally named Crosby Memorial Hospital, the site on Goodyear Boulevard was constructed by L.O. Crosby around 1955, said former Crosby Memorial Hospital Board member Jo Woods. Picayune only had a medical clinic to meet the ...

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SBA extending direct loans to coastal businesses, residents in wake of Isaac

  Hurricane Isaac’s late August battering of the Mississippi coast has left an estimated 1,500 businesses eligibility for low-cost federal disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to disaster assistance applications from 1,558 businesses that claim at least some property damage, another 27 businesses that had no physical damage but claim economic injuries have applied ...

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Judge reschedules sentencing in cancer center fraud case

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing hearings for three women convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sentencing had been scheduled for Monday. Sachdeva founded the Rose Cancer Center in the South Mississippi ...

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Businessman gets prison sentence for medical kickback

TUPELO — A federal judge has sentenced Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker to 55 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine and three years’ post-release supervision on six counts related to a kickback conspiracy. The crimes centered on Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, of which Shoemaker was the administrator. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Shoemaker was given until Nov. 1 ...

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State's West Nile virus cases hit 186; four deaths

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state Department of Health is reporting 17 new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the total to 186 cases and four deaths. In 2011, Mississippi had 52 West Nile virus cases and five deaths. The health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. The Clarion-Ledger reports the new cases were reported in Adams (1), ...

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Hearing set for man charged with murder after illegal buttocks implant

JACKSON — A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a Mississippi man charged with depraved-heart murder after performing an illegal buttocks implant that killed a Georgia woman. Morris Garner, who has had gender-changing surgeries and goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, is charged with doing the procedure in March at a house in Jackson. The hearing was set for ...

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Time Magazine takes extensive look at Mississippi’s sex ed effort

Mississippi’s new school sex education effort to reverse a teen pregnancy rate that exceeds that of all other states is highlighted in a lengthy story in the current issue of Time Magazine. The magazine notes the mixed nature of the curriculum, with some districts opting to “abstinence only” instruction often led by local pastors and an “abstinence-plus” instruction that that ...

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Court rejects AG's request to reconsider CON decision

JACKSON — In June, the Mississippi Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a 2011 law that required appeals of certificate-of-need decisions to go directly to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said appeals from CON decisions by the Mississippi State Department of Health must go first to the appropriate lower court. In this case, that would be chancery court. Yesterday, the Supreme ...

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UMMC: Clinical trial reveals pterostilbene reduces blood pressure in adults

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A form of pterostilbene, a compound found naturally in blueberries, reduces blood pressure in adults, according to results of a clinical trial presented Thursday (Sept. 20) at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research in Washington, D.C. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted by University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and ...

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Ex-NFL players file federal lawsuit over concussions

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit filed in Mississippi on behalf of more than 50 former NFL players claims the league conspired to hide the dangers of concussions and brain trauma associated with professional football. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 28 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Some of the players named in the lawsuit are from Mississippi, but others are ...

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