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Jackson Brace and Limb reimburses Medicaid

JACKSON — The Office of the Attorney General and Jackson Brace and Limb Company has entered into a settlement agreement totaling almost $200,000, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. The agreement requires Jackson Brace and Limb Company to repay the Division of Medicaid $102,762 for inappropriate claims made from Jan. 2001-Aug. 2008 for orthotic foot/leg braces predominantly prescribed for children. Jackson ...

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Schools have rare opportunity for investment

According to the most recent data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress, or NAEP, Mississippi’s students lagged sorely behind the national averages. Furthermore, Mississippi is repeatedly criticized for having lower statewide expectations compared to national standards. As an example, while Mississippi’s fourth-grade reading scores in 2007 indicated that 90 percent of students were performing at grade level, NAEP results ...

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Recovery act gives SBA tools to boost small business

The Obama Administration and SBA are determined to employ the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) in an effort to make a big dent in the small business credit crunch and jump-starting job creation, re-starting lending and promoting investment in small businesses.  The impact from some of these programs is already being realized.  The Recovery Act provides SBA $375 ...

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Focus on projects that can be classified as ‘shovel-ready’

The current level of interest in federal grants is unprecedented. With the nationwide recovery program promising to distribute billions in every sector of the economy from healthcare, to education, energy, infrastructure and beyond, the possibilities are many, and the competition is steep.  The first key toward successful funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is to focus on ...

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What the Average Joe needs to know about the stimulus package

Back on Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), widely known as the “stimulus package.”  This name represents the stated intent of the legislation — to stimulate a sluggish U.S. economy by fighting unemployment, putting more money in the hands of consumers and assisting state and local governments through these ...

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Infrastructure improvements

MDOT has stimulus projects scattered all across Mississippi   The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as “the stimulus package,” is an economic stimulus package enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009. The Act of Congress is intended to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of ...

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Tax credit deadline

  By all measures, the $8,000 first-time homebuyer’s tax credit provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been just the medicine the ailing housing sector needed. The pace of existing home sales in the U.S. in July was the fastest in nearly two years. And, production and permitting for new single-family homes nationwide rose to their highest ...

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Qualified school construction bonds building Mississippi schools

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 created a new financing opportunity for school districts called Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs).  QSCBs are tax credit bonds.  Rather than receiving interest payments, bond holders receive tax credits from the federal government.  These tax credits are intended to equal the interest that the school district would normally pay on the ...

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AGO, FBI issue scam alert for Mississippians

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood and special agent in charge Frederick T. Brink of the FBI’s Jackson Division are joining together and issuing a consumer alert regarding the numerous, ever-evolving scams that are victimizing citizens of Mississippi. Brink said, “The FBI receives calls daily from individuals who have either been approached by or have fallen victim to a perpetrator ...

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Butler Snow ready to make move

When companies are settled, Ridgeland building will be about 70 percent occupied The 200 Renaissance at Colony Park building is about a month away from receiving its first tenants. Starting the first part of October, HORNE LLP, an accountancy and business advisory firm, will leave the Regions building in downtown Jackson and move to the 13-story LEED-certified structure right off ...

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