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Mississippi steady in annual child well-being ranking

An annual report again rates Mississippi as 48th in child well-being. The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births. The Kids Count analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on economic, education, ...

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Mississippi challenges federal expert in mental health trial

A top expert testified Wednesday that his lasting image of Mississippi’s current mental health care system is a room full of apparently overmedicated men, while a community mental health worker herself diagnosed with schizophrenia says she avoids state mental hospitals because she fears losing her freedom.The U.S. Justice Department seeks to prove in the trial that began Tuesday that Mississippi’s ...

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Mississippi OB-GYN indicted on 12 sexual battery charges

An OB-GYN in Mississippi is charged with 12 counts of sexual battery after patients accused him of assaulting them in medical offices. The Commercial Appeal reports a DeSoto County grand jury indicted Dr. Gregory Norwood in March, and the indictments were made public Wednesday. Charges date from January 2016 to September 2018. Records show Norwood no longer holds a Mississippi ...

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Alabama bans smoking on public beach

The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free. The ban is part of a ...

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Former epidemiologist named new Mississippi health officer

The Mississippi State Department of Health has a new leader. The department says in a news release Thursday that the Board of Health is naming Dr. Thomas Dobbs as the state health officer. It’s a job he has held on an interim basis since Dr. Mary Currier retired Oct. 31. She had been the health officer for almost nine years. ...

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Insurance experts watching for new rules

Insurance experts are watching Washington to see how new rules on health insurance will affect premiums and plans available to consumers on and off the exchanges. “The prognosis is that the (Affordable Care Act) market is not collapsing, but it’s not a bed of roses,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute during a briefing ...

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Mississippi tobacco tax increase remains up in the air

A pack of Marlboros at a convenience store near the Mississippi Capitol costs about $4.99, which includes tax. If the Legislature chooses one possible option for a cigarette tax increase, the same pack could run $5.31. For a person who smokes a pack a day, that’s a difference of nearly $115 every year. The push for a Mississippi tobacco tax ...

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Mississippians not required to be 21 to buy tobacco products

A House committee doesn’t want to require Mississippians to be 21 to buy tobacco products. The House Ways and Means Committee, on a split voice vote Wednesday, rejected House Bill 835 . The measure sponsored by Rep. Debra Butler Dixon, a Raymond Democrat, would have increased the age to buy cigarettes and other products from the current 18. States with ages above ...

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Health spending a priority for local businesses

By JULIA MILLER With the dawning of November, most people’s attentions are turning toward the holidays, but for business owners, there’s the standard end-of-the-year checklist that must be addressed. From financial statements to plans for the new year, this time of the year can become a season of tying up loose ends. One thing you shouldn’t forget is health insurance ...

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55 cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi so far in 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus. That brings the total so far this year to 55 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new case is in Monroe County. In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths. So far this year, there have ...

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