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Hood yet to file healthcare bill lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark healthcare overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, was not one of them. “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all ...

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NAM commends Taylor for voting against healthcare bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is expressing its thanks to Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) for opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). “Manufacturers commend Congressman Taylor for his leadership and political courage in opposing this fundamentally flawed legislation,” said NAM president John Engler. “The United States has lost more than two million manufacturing jobs ...

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Hospital expansion getting underway

STARKVILLE — Officials will break ground today in Starkville for the expansion of Oktibbeha County Hospital. They will also announce the hospital’s new name. Local voters approved a $27.5-million bond issue in 2008 to finance construction of a new west tower. The Starkville Daily News reports that the hospital will remain at 96 beds, but the expansion will allow for ...

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House passes healthcare reform bill

WASHINGTON — A transformative health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats’ improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage. On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that would extend ...

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Obama, Dems muster healthcare reform votes

WASHINGTON — Triumph in their grasp, President Barack Obama and House Democrats demonstrated command of the votes needed to pass landmark health care legislation Sunday night, a climactic chapter in a century-long quest for near universal coverage. The House argued its way through a thicket of Republican objections toward a late-evening vote on the bill to extend coverage to 32 ...

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Second West Nile virus case identified

WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second human West Nile virus (WNV) case of 2010. The case is in Winston County. The first case of the season was reported last month in Coahoma County. In 2009, Mississippi had 53 WNV cases with four resulting in death. Mississippi’s first WNV case of 2009 occurred in ...

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Medical examiner bill awaits Barbour's signature

JACKSON— Legislation requiring higher standards for Mississippi’s next state medical examiner and others who perform autopsies in criminal investigations is headed to the governor’s desk. The House approved the bill after an unsuccessful attempt by one lawmaker to derail the legislation. The bill calls for the state and county medical examiners to be medical doctors certified in forensic pathology by ...

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Republicans line up against healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Democrats defended plans to push massive health care legislation through the House without a direct vote and Republicans assailed the strategy Tuesday, as both parties fenced ferociously over the health overhaul end game. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that no final decision had been made on the complex parliamentary strategy, which would allow House Democrats to pass ...

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Humphreys leaving DRMC to lead Anderson

GREENVILLE and MERIDIAN — L. Ray Humphreys, who has led Delta Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Greenville as CEO/president for the past nine years, has resigned to accept the position of CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. An interim CEO/President will be appointed by the DRMC board of trustees before the departure of Humphreys. Humphreys said, “My heart ...

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