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IHL: Unemployment slowing economic recovery

JACKSON — The Jan. 2011 issue of the “Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook,” published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. This issue presents the state economic forecast for 2011 to 2015, and includes detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the ...

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States' attorneys call healthcare reform 'dangerous'

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Attorneys for 20 states, including Mississippi, fighting the new federal healthcare law told a judge yesterday it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the healthcare law without a full trial. They argue it violates people’s rights by forcing ...

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Grant to assist nurses in earning master's degrees

RAYMOND and JACKSON — Nursing students at Hinds Community College now have a springboard to launch them toward a master’s degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center thanks to a new grant-funded program in the School of Nursing. Pathways to Advanced Practice Nursing is an initiative that aims to funnel registered nurses with associate degrees into one of the ...

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The big 50

Hancock Medical Center rebuilds from Hurricane Katrina and keeps on growing With perseverance and dedication to the community they serve, Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis weathered the nation’s most destructive natural disaster and has come back stronger. Founded in 1960, this year marks the hospital’s 50th year of service. The county-owned facility was fully operational within a few ...

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Zap the habit!

Laser therapy can help smokers kick addiction Various methods are being used to help smokers kick the nicotine habit and have healthier life styles. An Ocean Springs clinic has added cold laser treatment to the list of smoking cessations methods that work. The Laser Therapy Group has been open four years and uses laser therapy for nicotine addiction and weight ...

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Saving more than limbs

Those treated for diabetes say they have received their lives back to live again The thought of losing an arm or leg to amputation is mind-boggling to most people. Mary Alice Outlaw knows all too well. The Greenwood furniture upholsterer, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, had her left leg removed in 2009 due to complications from the disease. ...

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Increasing need

Free community pharmacy helping Coast residents The St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy is all about caring and helping people who can’t afford their prescription medicine. The only service of its kind in South Mississippi, it began in 1998 in Biloxi and now has a satellite office in Bay St. Louis. During the past six months, the free pharmacy has ...

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Blazing new set of trails

As one of state’s few women CEOs, Waltz leading Gulfport hospital As chief executive officer of Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Brenda M. Waltz is the only female hospital administrator on the Coast and one of few in Mississippi. She came to the position last August after serving as the CEO of hospitals in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The ...

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Hard work makes a difference

Adcock is retiring this month after nearly 42 years at the SBA When Judi Adcock first arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1968, she thought she’d found nirvana. “My then-husband was in the Air Force and he got transferred to Biloxi, a place I’d never heard of,” she said.  “We drove over to Bay St. Louis one afternoon and ...

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Baptist seeking to finalize lease buyout

Progress toward new facility on hold until city, county give approval Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford has plans to build a new $300-million facility to replace its current building that dates back to the 1960s. Plans for the new facility were announced in 2009, but there still is no agreement in place between Baptist, the City of Oxford and Lafayette ...

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