Archives for October 2013

Governor backtracks

After a federal judge blocked his executive order, Governor Phil Bryant has rescinded the requirement that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume paying in-network rates at Mississippi hospitals owned by Health Management Associates. Bryant is still requiring an investigation by the insurance commissioner as to why Blue Cross excluded the hospitals in the first place.

Distracted driver crackdown

“Pay Attention or Pay a Fine” is the name of a new effort by the Mississippi Highway Patrol to crack down on distracted drivers. Starting today, troopers will stop and warn motorists who, as a result of eating, texting or not paying attention to the road, drive in an unsafe manner. The initiative will kick off in the Oxford area along Mississippi Highway 6.

Student fitness study

A new study questions the health and wellness of Mississippi schoolchildren. The research finds that older students are less physically fit than younger students, black students less fit than white students, and girls less fit than boys. The study is intended to track results of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act, a law passed in 2007 to promote nutrition, exercise and health education.

West Nile fatality

The 2013 death toll in Mississippi from West Nile virus is now at three. The latest fatality reported by the State Department of Health was a Forrest County resident. The other two deaths occurred in Forrest and Bolivar counties. The state total this year is 43 human cases of West Nile virus.

Recycled building paves roads

A recently-torn down building is going to be recycled by the city of Greenwood. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that concrete and crushed brick from the Russell Building will be used for local road repairs and paving projects. Mayor Carolyn McAdams says it will mean the city will spend less money on expensive limestone, the material that is usually used.

Mississippi retirement 2nd worst

If you are thinking about retiring in Mississippi, a new report indicates that may not be a wise choice. After tallying up economic data, crime stats and life expectancies at age 65, the website money-rates-dot-com has Mississippi tied with Nevada as the second-worst state for retirees.

Ole Miss’ Henderson suspended

Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson is going to miss some action this season. The university announced Tuesday that, because of actions on and off the court, the 6-2 guard will be suspended for three regular-season games this season. Henderson had been indefinitely suspended in July after police found him in possession of small amounts of cocaine during a traffic stop, although he was not arrested.

Flu season arrives

Flu season has officially arrived in Mississippi. The State Department of Health has reported the first confirmed cases of influenza. They are all said to be influenza A and are covered by the current flu vaccine. Flu season normally doesn’t peak until January through March.

Wright pleads not guilty

A Batesville man accused of killing his girlfriend’s uncle in Utica and kidnapping his girlfriend remains behind bars today. Michael Wright made his first court appearance Monday and pleaded not guilty. A Hinds County judge ordered that Wright continue to be held without bond.

Gas prices down

After gas prices jumped on the announcement of the government reopen, Triple-A reports that increases in oil production and inventory and the possibility of sanctions against Iran pushed them back down. The nationwide average price of regular today is three-28 a gallon, down seven cents from a week ago. Mississippi’s average of three-10 is down by five cents. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com says the price of regular ranges from three-09 to three-18 a gallon.