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State’s health lab confirms first flu case for 2019-20 season

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2019-2020 flu season. The case was reported in a child under 18 years of age. While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health ...

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Mississippi city rejects mental health facility despite need

Officials in southwest Mississippi have denied a rezoning request for a mental health facility, despite complaints that the area is underserved. Natchez aldermen on Tuesday unanimously rejected rezoning property to allow a crisis stabilization unit, a small mental hospital meant to keep people from being sent to faraway state hospitals or jail. Opponents said the facility is inappropriate for a ...

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Mississippi city tries to limit noise near abortion clinic

Noisy conflict is common outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, with protesters sometimes using bullhorns to amplify their voices and the clinic itself blaring music to keep patients from hearing the protesters. Owners of nearby businesses say the commotion is a headache for their customers who want to enjoy a meal or buy some clothes. In response, the Jackson City Council ...

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Regions donates $150K to Canopy Children’s Solutions

The Regions Foundation, a nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank, on Wednesday announced a donation of $150,000 to Canopy Children’s Solutions — a nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative mental health, social and educational solutions to Mississippi’s most vulnerable children and youth. The Regions Foundation’s commitment will support two programs: » Canopy’s Autism Solutions, which offers early intervention and day school programs ...

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Benefit helps raise money for sheriff’s daughter with cancer

By DREW KEREKES / Meridian Star MERIDIAN — Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie summed up his performance in the Caitlin’s Battle tactical course Saturday (Sept. 21) morning with a touch of irony. “With the pistol and rifle, I’m qualified. With the cardio, I was in pretty bad shape,” Sollie said with a slight chuckle. It was a brief lighthearted moment ...

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Diabetes prevention reroutes risk with lifestyle changes

TUPELO — A little more than a year ago, Niesha Hodges could see diabetes in her future. The 28-year-old Nettleton woman was obese and her blood sugar was at the very top of the normal range. Her dad and brother both have Type II diabetes. “I was heading that direction,” said Hodges, who teaches 2-year-olds at the North Mississippi Medical ...

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Mississippi confirms its 1st death connected to vaping

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming Mississippi’s first death related to vaping. The department says in a news release Thursday the person was younger than 30, but it did not give the person’s name, hometown or other identifying information. The release says Mississippi has four identified cases of serious lung injury related to vaping, all in people between ...

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Analysis: Lt. governor hopefuls open to Medicaid expansion

The two candidates running for Mississippi lieutenant governor engaged in a civil discussion about Medicaid expansion and other issues during a televised statewide debate. The 30-minute forum Thursday evening will probably be the only chance for many voters to do a side-by-side comparison of the nominees. Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford is a first-term state representative, and Republican Delbert Hosemann ...

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AP: Women facing restrictions seek abortions out of state

ATLANTA — Thousands of women in the U.S. have crossed state lines for an abortion in recent years as states have passed ever stricter laws and the number of clinics has declined. Although abortion opponents say the laws are intended to reduce abortions and not send people to other states, at least 276,000 women terminated their pregnancies outside their home ...

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Investigation into former VA surgeon prompts federal review

Federal inspectors have found a veterans hospital in Mississippi in violation of several policies. News outlets report a report filed last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General says the Biloxi VA hired a thoracic surgeon in 2013 who lacked proper credentials. The 53-page report says leaders made the hire despite being aware of licensure and ...

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