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Consultant advises city to expand convention center

NATCHEZ — Natchez Convention Center managers say a multi-million-dollar expansion of the center will be needed in two years. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants president Warren Reuther told Mayor Butch Brown and aldermen at a meeting last week that the center is rapidly approaching 70-percent capacity. Convention center manager Walter Tipton said the convention center is turning ...

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Pediatricians supporting the expansion of Medicaid

JACKSON — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest professional organization of pediatricians in the United States and in Mississippi, favors Medicaid expansion. AAP announced its position in a news release. In part, the release said: “Pediatricians in the state of Mississippi, a predominately conservative group with conservative values, were recently surveyed about Medicaid expansion in Mississippi. The results: ...

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Law firm expands footprint in Florida with merger

JACKSON — The law firms of Adams and Reese LLP and Jacksonville, Fla.-based Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson & Wachs (VBWR) have merged, growing Adams and Reese to 15 offices nationwide and five offices in the state of Florida. The merger was announced jointly by Adams and Reese managing partner, Charles P. Adams Jr. and VBWR shareholder, Timothy W. Volpe, who will ...

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Lawmaker calls governor 'fool,' 'hypocrite' over Medcaid

JACKSON — A Democratic lawmaker said yesterday that Mississippi’s Republican governor is a “fool” and a “hypocrite” for opposing Medicaid expansion. Gov. Phil Bryant has said repeatedly during the past year that Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the nation, can’t afford to add up to 300,000 people to the more than 640,000 who are already on the federal-state ...

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Alabama, Florida banks vote to merge with Community

BILOXI — The boards of directors of Community Bank, National Association, based in Alabama and the recently acquired Community Bank, Destin, Fla., have voted to merge with Community Bank, Coast, headquartered in Biloxi. Terms were not disclosed. According to Community Bank, the merger creates a $588-million bank consisting of 15 offices of Community Bank from Gulfport to Panama City Beach, ...

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Battle of Medicaid expansion continues in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said they are trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that’s blocked in a committee. Republicans, meanwhile, say Democrats are playing politics with a government health insurance program that covers about one in every five Mississippi residents. The Mississippi Medicaid program is up for renewal this year, as it is every ...

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Trustmark completes purchase of Alabama-based bank

JACKSON — Trustmark Corporation has completed its merger with Mobile, Ala.-based BancTrust Financial Group Inc., as well as the merger of BankTrust with and into Trustmark National Bank. Gerard R. Host, President and CEO of Trustmark, stated, “We are delighted to expand the Trustmark franchise across Alabama, including the attractive Mobile, Montgomery and Selma markets, as well as strengthening our ...

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Some lawmakers balk, but Medicaid expansion still has chance

JACKSON — Some state senators aren’t ready to expand Medicaid, but they are keeping the option alive for later in the session. The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee passed Senate Bill 2207 yesterday. The measure reauthorizes the government health insurance for the poor. Committee members rejected an amendment from Sen. John Horhn, a Jackson Democrat, to add hundreds of ...

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The First to buy Alabama bank for undisclosed sum

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire First National Bank of Baldwin County, Ala. Terms were not disclosed. The First president and CEO M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole Jr., said, “From day one our focus has been on growing our bank in the Gulf Coast region, and providing customers a true community bank with ...

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Medicaid debate highlights divide in Legislature

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor. The Democrats’ votes helped kill a bill yesterday that would keep the existing Medicaid program in ...

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