Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Mississippi Division of Medicaid is asking lawmakers for $980.5 million for its upcoming budget, that's an increase of more than $158.8 million.
The request was presented at a budget hearing Thursday afternoon.
Those numbers do not include the state participating in the Affordable Healthcare Act.
However, the discussion quickly centered around the new federal healthcare law.
If the state does opt-in to the plan and has full participation, which is rare, it could cost $1.6 billion by 2020.
"That presents a very difficult budgetary issue for us because if we're going to do it, we've got to come up with that much money. Additional money, in addition to the $900 million we already put towards it," said House Speaker Rep. Phillip Gunn (R).
Ed Sivak, Director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center countered with, "It could potentially help 270,000 people get health insurance, making them healthier, making them more productive. It will also bring billions of dollars in the state in federal money. This money will create jobs and economic opportunity."
The federal government would cover 100% health related services up until 2017, if Mississippi were to opt-in the new healthcare law.
The state would be responsible for at least $53 million in additional administrative costs.
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