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Briggs payment under scrutiny

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power wants ratepayers to cover a $220,000-plus real estate commission paid to former Lt. Gov. Eddie Briggs for services related to the utility’s planned Kemper County coal plant.

The Sierra Club says the three-member Public Service Commission — which will decide the question — has a huge conflict of interest. That’s because its only attorney is Briggs’ daughter, Katherine Collier.

The Sierra Club is not alleging that she has acted unethically, but filed a petition Friday seeking to make Collier step aside from the case.

Mississippi Power spokeswoman Cindy Duvall said in an e-mail to The Clarion Ledger that the Sierra Club’s claim shows it is desperate.

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