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Barbour joins 'tax the rich' chorus

Former Gov. Haley Barbour, in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning, became the latest Republican to say he’d live with raising the tax rates on top income brackets as part of a broad fiscal cliff deal. “[As] a Republican, I would take raising the rates on the two top brackets if, in return, we had tax reform ...

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White House tells Mississippi, Medicaid expansion is ‘all-or-nothing’ deal

Mississippi and other states reluctant to accept full participation in the Affordable Health Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid learned today they can forget about gaining a full share of Obamacare funding. Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican leaders in the Legislature have insisted the state won’t join in the expansion of Medicaid to cover more than 300,000 of the state’s uninsured ...

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Lawmakers primarily focused on cost of expanding Medicaid

JACKSON — Cost is the primary concern for Mississippi lawmakers faced with a decision on whether to expand the state Medicaid program with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Clarion-Ledger reports lawmakers discussed the matter during a joint committee meeting of the Public Health and Welfare and the Insurance committees. After the three-hour meeting, Sen. Dean Kirby, a ...

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City awards tax exemptions to two companies

OLIVE BRANCH — Two companies have requested and received tax exemptions from Olive Branch city government in preparation for moving into sites along the Polk Lane corridor. The Commercial Appeal reports Milwaukee Electric Tool, which announced early this year that it would move to another site within the city to expand, and Millstone Medical Outsouring, a medical device industry partner, ...

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Doctor in murder-for-hire case questions AG's authority

GREENWOOD — Oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in a shootout at a local law office. Smith argues in new federal court documents that police investigations are executive branch of government matters. He claims the attorney general is a member of the judicial branch. Smith said he wants ...

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UMMC offering new concussion test to young athletes

JACKSON — Parents with young athletes at risk for head injuries can now take advantage of a new type of concussion test offered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Concussions are a hot topic,” said Dr. William Mustain, Ph.D., audiologist and the director of UMMC’s Vestibular Laboratory. “This test will not only help determine if a concussion has occurred, ...

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Flu season comes early; officials fear bad year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one. The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly ...

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State sees first decline in adolescent obesity in 10 years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s obesity rate in high school students (grades 9-12) has dropped by 12.7 percent, knocking the state’s teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide. Mississippi’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey found the rate of obesity among Mississippi high school students to be 16.5 percent, down from 18.1 percent in 2009. ...

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MSDH approves CONs, including new Oxford hospital

OXFORD and WEST POINT — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) to two entities for proposed projects. Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi Inc., d/b/a Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford received a CON to replace its 217-bed licensed hospital facility with a new facility one mile away from its present location ...

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