Longtime state Senator Turner dies after illness

December 3, 2012 in News, Obituaries, Statewide News, Top Stories

Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died Tuesday. He was 64.

Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he had been hospitalized with an illness.

Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars

October 18, 2012 in Family Medicine, Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

You’d be wrong.