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Mississippi will phase out warehouses for nutrition program

Mississippi will close distribution centers for a federal nutrition program in the coming year and will move to a system that could be simpler to use. Sometime before Oct. 1, the state will start using electronic benefits transfer cards that will allow recipients on the Women, Infants and Children program to buy food at grocery stores and pharmacies Most states ...

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Mississippi city now owns closed hospital, seeks medical use

A Mississippi city hopes to attract a new health care provider to a closed hospital building that it now owns. WTOK-TV reports that Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office transferred the former Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton to the city of Newton last week. The state took possession of the building after its former owners failed to pay property taxes. The ...

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US attorney criticizes Jackson officials over crime

One of the top federal prosecutors in Mississippi had tough words for officials in Jackson over violent crime in the city. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said at a news conference Monday that local judges should stop releasing violent criminals “when there are facts to show they are a danger to our community,” the Clarion Ledger reported. And he told politicians to ...

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Agency had previous contact with family of child who died

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services says it received seven calls between 2014 and 2017 about the family of a Meridian boy with special medical needs. But the agency says it had no contact with the family after 2017 until the boy was reported missing this year. The 5-year-old boy, Jakie Toole, was found dead in a basement in ...

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Mississippi Army sergeant charged with murder of wife

A U.S. Army sergeant in Mississippi has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, who was found shot to death in the home the couple shared with their three children. A child called 911 late Sunday to report that his parents were arguing, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel told The Hattiesburg American. The child met with deputies outside the ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic adds 4 providers to gastroenterology team

Hattiesburg Clinic’s Gastroenterology team has added four new providers, making it the largest gastroenterology service in the Pine Belt. Porter H. Glover, MD; Telciane S. Vesa, MD; Andrew Q. Weeks, MD; and Brooke S. Fryfogle, CNP, joined the group, bringing it to 15 providers altogether. Three of the new providers – Vesa, Weeks and Fryfogle – will primarily care for ...

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Yates, Head join Methodist Rehab staff

Sara Yates of Florence has joined Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson as the director of human resources. She oversees all human resource functions, including talent acquisition, benefits administration, employee engagement and performance management. Prior to joining MRC, Yates served in human resource leadership roles at Peterbilt of Mississippi and Horne LLP. She attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a bachelor’s ...

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Kikuchi named assistant vice president, receives certificate of commendation

Renasant has announced the promotion of Mieko Kikuchi to Assistant Vice President – Japanese Liaison, and the recognition of being awarded the Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Kikuchi was recently presented an honorary certificate by the Board of Directors of Renasant Corporation and Renasant Bank to recognize this well-deserved honor. “It is ...

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49 new Justice Court judges to take office in January

Forty-nine new Justice Court judges completed two weeks of intensive judicial training in Jackson. The judges will take office in January. The state has a total of 198 Justice Court judges. New judges who completed the course are: Whitney Adams and Bo Agnew, Rankin County; Lisa Bell, Sunflower County; Shirley Blakley, Noxubee County; Jeremy Blaylock, Alcorn County; Teresa Bozeman, Copiah ...

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Boyd joins Hattiesburg Clinic Pulmonary Medicine

Dylan W. Boyd, AGACNP, joined Hattiesburg Clinic Pulmonary Medicine to work alongside physicians in providing comprehensive COPD management to patients. Boyd earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a ...

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