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Signatures may get medical pot on Mississippi 2020 ballot

A Mississippi group advocating for medical marijuana legalization has turned in more than 105,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next year. News outlets report Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted the signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state’s office, which now must review and certify the signatures. The group and activist Ashley Durval registered the Medical Marijuana 2020 ...

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William G. Jackson honored as Physician of the Year

William G. Jackson of Corinth, was honored as Mississippi’s Family Physician of the Year 2019 at the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting. Also recognized were P. Brent Smith, MD, MSC, FAAFP, of Cleveland, New Physician of the Year, and Scott A. Carlton, MD, of Jackson, Academy of Family Physicians Military Award. William M. Grantham of Brandon was 2019-2020 ...

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Eugene Starks named Vice President of NAHU

Jackson resident Eugene Starks was named Vice President of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Board of Trustees. Starks works as a Partner with Benefit Administration Services Ltd., an employee benefits TPA, consulting, and brokerage firm based in Ridgeland. He is also a Partner and founding member of Acuity Group, an agency dedicated to providing comprehensive employee benefits solutions. ...

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Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

A federal judge is taking charge of Mississippi’s mental health system, saying that attorneys for the federal government have proved the state isn’t doing enough to serve people outside the confinement of mental hospitals. “The United States has met its burden and shown that despite the state’s episodic improvement, it operates a system that unlawfully discriminates against persons with serious ...

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Mississippi health officials urge awareness of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other states in alerting the public to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products. While there have been no cases reported in Mississippi, nationwide there have been 215 possible cases and one death reported –all reporting vaping or ...

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Lincoln County dispatchers at the ready for the ring

The phone rings and everything stops. “911, what’s your emergency?” The dispatchers in the E-911 office are masters of multi-tasking, answering emergency calls that run the gamut of “Can you send someone to check on why there’s someone walking down my street?” to “Please send help, I’ve been shot.” They never know what it will be, but the dispatchers at ...

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‘Heart Attack’ is enjoying his retirement

Buford Bernard Jones recalled getting “whoopings” from his mother when he was a boy. “When I messed up, you had to pay up. Paying up was getting a whooping,” Jones recalled. He also suffered from a heart complication as the result of rheumatic fever, which damaged the valves of his heart. Because of this health condition, Jones said his heart ...

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E-cigarette maker Juul facing mounting scrutiny by state AGs

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens, The Associated Press has learned. The company’s rapid rise to the top of the multi-billion dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by ...

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Employees honored for service at Mississippi State Hospital

Mississippi State Hospital honored employees with August anniversaries for their years of service to the hospital. Service awards are given to MSH employees in the month of their date of hire, beginning with one year and followed by every fifth anniversary year. Employees receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a Service Award Pin. The program is sponsored by Friends of ...

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Mississippi companies are cited and ordered to pay employees

Federal officials say two south Mississippi companies have been ordered to pay employees for labor violations that included failing to pay overtime. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the decision involving Doleac Electrical Co. and Maxem Health Urgent Care. Hattiesburg-based Doleac was ordered to pay $37,060 back in wages to 32 employees for what authorities say were violations that ...

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