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UWA New Dean

Updated: 08/17/2004 - It's now less than a week before classes begin at the University of West Alabama and the school's newest dean is settling into office.

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LCSO Probes Weekend Shooting

Updated: 08/16/2004 - A man was shot Saturday in Lauderdale County but charges against the alleged suspect are on hold for the time being.

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Tearing Down to Build Up

Updated: 08/16/2004 - Lauderdale County work crews started again on the demolition of dilapidated houses in Meridian, with the goal of removing health hazards.

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Choctaw County Schools

Updated: 08/16/2004 - A new school and a new attitude are two things which Choctaw County officials are calling a winning combination.

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Shooting Arrest

Updated: 08/16/2004 - An arrest has been made in a shooting in Wayne County.

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Tracking Prescription Drugs

Updated: 08/15/2004 - Mississippi pharmacies will receive a grant to help track prescription drug purchase throughout the state.

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Change of Venue Request in Hargon Trial

Updated: 08/15/2004 - Earnest Lee Hargon's court appointed attorney wants a change of venue, fearing pre-trial publicity will hurt his client.

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Democrats Call on Changes in Medicaid

Updated: 08/15/2004 - The chairman of Mississippi's Democratic Party, Wayne Dowdy, was in Meridian on Saturday asking for major changes in the new Medicaid law.

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Local Help Heads to Florida

Updated: 08/15/2004 - Local Red Cross volunteers and Mississippi Power head to Florida to assist in the cleanup of Hurricane Charley.

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Newton County Focused on the Future

Updated: 08/13/2004 - Newton County Schools have joined others by adopting uniforms for students. Officials say it clears the way to focus on curriculum and teaching.

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Council Makes Garbage Decision

Updated: 08/13/2004 - The Meridian City Council considered a committee recommendation for a new garbage collection contract, but later rejected it 4 to 1.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Updated: 08/13/2004 - Health professionals advise the public to get their blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and eyesight checked on a regular basis.

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Fordice Confirms Condition

Updated: 08/12/2004 - Former Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.

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Snowden Responds to "Attack Ads"

Updated: 08/12/2004 - Even though the Mississippi Democratic Party is targeting him in commercials, Rep. Greg Snowden of Meridian said it was democrats who led the charge to pass the Medicaid Reform Act.

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Railroads Confront Challenges

Updated: 08/13/2004 - Apparently, problems abound for the Meridian Southern Railway. Lauderdale County supervisors heard a plea for help Thursday.

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Morton Approved Without Dissent

Updated: 08/12/2004 - The Alabama School Board unanimously approved a contract for new state superintendent Joe Morton, and included a raise for him.

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CDC: Flu Shot a Good Bet

Updated: 08/12/2004 - According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu shot is effective in preventing illness more than half the time.

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Barbour Seeks Medicaid Waivers

Updated: 08/11/2004 - Mississippi's governor seeks waivers for some Medicaid patients with chronic illnesses, who could be hurt by changes in coverage Sept. 15.

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Riley Appoints Commission

Updated: 08/11/2004 - A commission has been appointed by Alabama's governor to find ways of improving the quality of life in the state's Black Belt region.

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West Nile Deaths Confirmed in Mississippi

Updated: 08/11/2004 - Seven human cases of West Nile virus were confirmed Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Health. Two have resulted in death.

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Grocery Chain to Reward Schools

Updated: 08/11/2004 - Winn Dixie Stores has created a way for "Rewards Customers" to channel benefits to their favorite schools.

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