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Supreme Court calls halt to asbestos case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has halted all proceedings in an asbestos case until it determines whether the trial judge should have stepped down. The case resulted in a $322-million verdict. In an order signed July 12, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. granted a petition filed by Union Carbide for a review of whether Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen ...

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City leaders mulling medical corridor plan

JACKSON — Jackson city and business leaders are spearheading an effort to transform a five-miles stretch of road from Interstate 55 to Interstate 220 into a medical research corridor. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Mississippi Healthcare Corridor would include a previously announced research park the University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to build at the old Farmers Market and redevelopment of ...

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Hospital wins verdict in discrimination case

GREENWOOD — A federal appeals court has upheld the verdict in a discrimination lawsuit won by Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Former hospital board attorney George Dulin sued the hospital after he alleged he was fired in 2006 by the majority-black hospital board because he is white. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last year. Dulin’s attorney contended that the jury should ...

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Private money, new stadium for Jackson State football loom as roadblocks for UMMC mega facility

There are two major hurdles to clear if the area around University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson is to become a medical research and treatment “city.” Jackson State University has to relinquish control and management of Veterans Memorial Stadium, and hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment from new and existing medical facilities has to be gathered. One ...

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Judge to rule in dialysis CON dispute

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A Hinds County judge will decide which of two companies can operate a kidney dialysis treatment center in Montgomery County. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in February 2010 that the Department of Health lacked authority to extend approval through a certificate of need to Renal Care for almost three years to allow construction. In 2004, when Renal ...

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State tops obesity ranking for seventh straight year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. And Mississippi again ranks as the most obese state in the nation. An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity ...

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Uniondale accuses Wyeth of patent fraud

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit filed this week in Mississippi claims a major pharmaceutical company made millions of dollars by misrepresenting clinical data and using sham litigation to maintain a monopoly over a drug used to treat depression and anxiety. Uniondale Chemists Inc., a retail pharmacy in Uniondale, N.Y., filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Mississippi against ...

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Hospitals, supervisors enter leasing agreement

HATTIESBURG and PRENTISS — Forrest General Hospital of Hattiesburg is entering into a lease agreement with the board of Jefferson Davis Community Hospital and Extended Care Facility in Prentiss. The lease agreement includes operating Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital Extended Care Facility, a 60-bed nursing home/extended care facility; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital ...

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Bayer settles contamination case with rice farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company’s unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. The litigation goes back to 2006, when Bayer disclosed that an experimental strain of genetically altered rice was ...

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Health Department issues CONS for three projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for three projects. Greenwood Leflore Hospital has received CON authority for the replacement of central plant equipment, including chillers, boilers and related items, on the campus of the existing hospital. The total capital expenditure for this project is $10,767,909. Singing River Health System, d/b/a ...

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