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Hospitals join QUEST program

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — More than 30 hospitals have joined the expansion of Premier’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. Approximately 200 hospitals representing 31 states are now participating in this project, which is currently linking the two main goals of health reform proposals being considered by Congress — quality improvement and cost reduction. Developed in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare ...

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BKD cracks national top 10

JACKSON — CCH’s Public Accounting Report has ranked BKD, LLP, the 10th largest CPA and advisory firm in the U.S. BKD currently operates 32 offices in 12 states and employs more than 2,000 professionals. BKD Mississippi was formed when local firms Smith, Turner & Reeves, P.A., Johnson, Bruce & Host, PLLC and Shearer, Taylor & Co., P.A., joined in the ...

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Details of alleged Evans brothers' fraud revealed

Two months after a Madison title insurance company sued two brothers for committing commercial mortgage fraud, banks are scrambling to obtain titles to properties on which they have made loans, and parties are wondering how much the title company may have to pay out. In a Sept. 18 lawsuit in Madison Chancery Court, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Co. (MVT) alleged ...

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Airlines' performance improves

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a higher rate this past September than in either September of last year or in Aug. 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance ...

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Study supports smoking ban

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) study released Nov. 9 shows a 27 percent decrease in heart attacks among Starkville residents since the city passed a smoking ban in 2006. Researchers associated with the university report also are recommending a statewide public ban on smoking. The study by Robert McMillen and Dr. Robert Collins shows fewer heart attacks being ...

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BlueFire lands loan guarantee

FULTON — BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that BlueFire Ethanol has met the requirements of part one of the application process and that they have been invited to continue onto part two for the financing of its Lancaster, Calif., project. The loan guarantee pursuant to this program would support the construction ...

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U.S. unemployment claims fall

In the week ending Nov. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 502,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 519,750, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for the week ending ...

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EIGS kicks off MARS 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) has launched the MARS 2009 high school GIS projects. MARS (Mississippi Area Remapping Strategy) is a geospatial high school adoption program that was established in 2007 to help address the ongoing demand for an educated, well-trained workforce and to create a pipeline of the next generation of employees for Mississippi’s ...

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Howard chosen for Intel sales

ELLISVILLE — Howard Technology Solutions, an Intel authorized integrator and mobile channel leader (MCL), is one of a select group of manufacturers chosen to be a reseller for the new Intel Reader and Intel Portable Capture Station. Howard vice president Kyle McCoy said, “This is a wonderful product, and there has been a real need for it for a long ...

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WCU-COM flooded with applications

HATTIESBURG — In the last five weeks, more than 400 students have applied to the new William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM), which will begin classes in the fall of 2010. Construction continues on the new COM buildings on the Hattiesburg campus. Carey’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is the 26th in the nation. “It is exciting watching the ...

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