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Bomgar regales ‘Top 40’ luncheon

  Mississippi technology guru tells 400-plus that focus is key to success About 400 people were on hand last Wednesday at the Mississippi Trade Mart for the annual luncheon honoring the 2010 class of Top 40 Under 40. The event is part of the annual Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, a special project of the Mississippi Business Journal. Before the ...

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Nevada governor orders healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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Nevada governor orders state to join healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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New program aimed at cutting nursing shortage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care, a division of Baptist Medical Center, in partnership with Mississippi College School of Nursing, Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce and Hinds Community College Foundation, has kicked off the Mississippi Geriatric Dedicated Education Unit Initiative (MGDEU). Baptist and MC joined with other partners in Mississippi to participate in the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s ...

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Still no approval for state to cut Medicaid payments

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid program still hasn’t received federal permission to cut payments to doctors, dentists and other providers for the final three months of the budget year, the program’s spokesman said today. The chairman of the state Senate Public Health Committee, meanwhile, said the planned cuts for April, May and June are counterproductive. “It just further irritates the very ...

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Cause of oyster illness remains a mystery

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana health officials are still trying to determine what’s led to a stomach illness outbreak that forced the closure of three oyster harvest areas in the past two weeks. The areas in St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and parts of Lafourche and Jefferson parishes have been closed to oyster fishing as a precaution. The disease, norovirus, is a ...

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Coast doctors sentenced for illegal prescriptions

GULFPORT — A federal judge has ordered two Biloxi doctors to prison for prescription-drug violations. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Dr. Richard Trieu April 1 to eight years in prison for prescribing narcotics outside the scope of professional practice. The judge gave Trieu’s wife, Dr. Victoria Van, a year in prison. The judge ordered the couple taken into ...

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State last in the nation in swine flu shots

New England leads the nation in swine flu vaccinations, while the South has the lowest rates, U.S. health officials said Thursday in the first state-by-state report on turnout. Tiny Rhode Island has the highest rate of about 39 percent — three times higher than Mississippi, which has the lowest percentage of residents vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...

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Attorneys general resisting healthcare lawsuit

PHOENIX — Republican governors in two western states want to join in legal challenges to recent federal health care legislation, but each is meeting stiff resistance from the same obstacle: an attorney general from the rival party. Amid campaign-year jockeying, high-profile health-care disputes have erupted between the states’ top elected officials in both Arizona and Nevada. In Nevada, Democratic Attorney ...

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Reeves slams new healthcare law

JACKSON — State Treasurer Tate Reeves says recently passed healthcare reform threatens the state’s fiscal outlook. In a statement, Reeves said, “It is hard to believe at a time when our state’s budget for the next several fiscal years is in limbo, when gas prices are steadily increasing, and the economy is still struggling, the U.S. Congress passed the most ...

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