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Baptist, governments wrap up hospital deal

OXFORD — After two years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp has completed the purchase of a building it had been leasing from local governments. The BMH North Mississippi hospital was sold for more than $60 million. The City of Oxford and Lafayette County will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250-million ...

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Winn-Dixie issues recall of chocolate drink

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is voluntarily recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” from its in-store dairy departments because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction. Sold in the dairy department of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores, the “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” ...

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New research network 'MissiON' launches

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has unveiled MissiON, the Mississippi research network, an expanded broadband technology system to serve the state’s research universities and facilities. The project was created in collaboration with AT&T. The network will serve the Mississippi Research Consortium, which is comprised of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University, ...

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Two more cases of West Nile virus identified

FORREST COUNTY and PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new human cases of West Nile virus in Forrest and Pearl River counties, bringing the state’s total to 15. So far this year, cases have been reported in Coahoma, Forrest (two), Hinds (two), Jones (three), Marion, Pearl River (four), Tallahatchie and Wayne counties. The ...

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Stores yank beef due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced the recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, ...

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'Amazing' therapy wipes out leukemia in study

‘Amazing’ therapy wipes out leukemia in study NEW YORK — Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients’ own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They’ve only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a ...

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State records first West Nile virus death

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus (WNV) death for 2011. The death was a Jones County resident. Three additional cases are reported in Hinds, Pearl River and Wayne counties. This brings the state human case total for this year to 13. So far this year, cases have been reported in ...

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MSDH reports more human cases of West Nile virus

HINDS COUNTY and FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). The cases were reported in Hinds and Forrest counties. The MSDH has now reported four new cases in a two-day period. These cases in Hinds and Forrest counties bring the state total for 2011 to nine. So ...

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Gifts, grants for new pharmacy building top $10M

JACKSON — Gifts to the “Promises to Keep” campaign and two federal grants have provided the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with more than $10 million to construct a building at the university’s Medical Center and endow scholarships and faculty support. The campaign’s lead gift was a pledge of more than $350,000 from Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, of Oxford. ...

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