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ARRA funding for highway projects tops $214M

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that, to date, $19 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money has been obligated to fund more than 5,300 approved highway and other transportation projects nationwide. Of those, 1,900 projects are already underway. According to the DOT, the State of Mississippi had obligated half of its ARRA funding as ...

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Health Department awards CONs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificate of needs (CONs) to six hospitals and one healthcare organization. The CONs were awarded to: • Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center
 in McComb to establish mobile PET services. There is no capital expenditure on this project. • River Oaks Hospital, LLC, (d/b/a River Oaks Hospital) in
 Flowood, for ...

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Stroke Center earns recognition

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital’s Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center recently received additional recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association’s (ASA’s) Get With The Guidelines Program. According to Forrest General, it is only the second hospital in Mississippi to receive this recognition, gained by achieving scores of 85 percent or higher on AHA/ASA stroke core quality measures, ...

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MSVCC sets enrollment record

JACKSON — The Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) reports record enrollment for the summer 2009 session with 11,574 students enrolled in 19,859 classes. Compared to the summer 2008 session, enrollment is up 22.4 percent. These figures are in addition to a 17 percent increase in enrollment from fall 2007 to fall 2008 and a 27 percent increase in enrollment from ...

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InGenesis wins Army contract

FORREST COUNTY — InGenesis Medical Staffing of San Antonio, Texas, announces the U.S. Army has awarded the CONUS Dental-South East Region contract to one of its InGenesis Arora joint ventures. This single-vendor, five-year contract, valued at about $110 million, will place an estimated 270 dentists and other dental ancillary providers at 10 Army facilities located in five states, including Camp ...

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Unemployment claims rise

WASHINGTON — In the week ending June 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 627,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 617,250, an increase of 500 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending June ...

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Nissan getting $1.6B loan

SMYRNA, TENN. — The White House has announced $8 billion in conditional loan commitments is going to three automakers, including Nissan North America, for the development of innovative, advanced vehicle technologies aimed at creating thousands of green jobs while helping reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Ford Motor Company received a loan commitment of $5.9 billion to transform factories ...

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Baptist offers free physicals

COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is offering free athletic physicals for area high and junior high school athletes June 27 from 7 a.m. until noon at the hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion on Baptist Boulevard. Students will get their height, weight and blood pressure checked, and a family practice and sports medicine physician will examine them. For more than 14 years, ...

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State's unemployment goes up a point

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Largely affected by seasonal influences, Mississippi’s May not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased over the month, from 8.6 percent in April to 9.6 percent. The rate was significantly higher than one year ago when the May 2008 rate was 6.9 percent. The unemployed total increased by 14,300 while the number of employed persons decreased 6,500. The nation’s not-seasonally adjusted ...

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Summit addressing poverty issues

JACKSON — More than 200 low-income advocates from across the state are in Jackson this week to tackle challenges facing Mississippi’s poorest residents. The 2009 Annual Partnership Conference is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies and Entergy Mississippi Inc., and runs June 23-25 at the Jackson Marriott. “Chief among the topics targeted is how can the federal ...

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