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Judge rules for regulators in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — A Harrison County judge has upheld a decision by state regulators that allows Mississippi Power Co. to build a lignite plant in Kemper County. Chancery Judge Jim Persons dismissed arguments from the Sierra Club, an environmental group opposed to construction of the plant. Persons had heard arguments in the case in February. Sierra Club lawyer Robert Wiygul ...

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NAACP chapters sue to block redistricting

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information. The lawsuits were filed yesterday in federal courts in south and north Mississippi. Today was the deadline for candidates to qualify to run in ...

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Bill creating registry of midwives dies in Senate

JACKSON — A bill creating a registry for midwives who practice in Mississippi is dead this session. Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee chairman Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said he would not bring up the House legislation for a vote today, the deadline for House and Senate committees to pass general bills that started in the opposite chamber. The bill earlier ...

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Barbour to Congress: States need more Medicaid flexibility

WASHINGTON — States need more flexibility to design Medicaid programs that fit unique local needs, Gov. Haley Barbour today told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The healthcare law will be too costly to states, enlarging Medicaid rolls and siphoning money from other needs, including public schools and law enforcement, Barbour said. In Mississippi, Medicaid is estimated to grow ...

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Sierra taking Kemper decision to Supreme Court

By Amy McCullough Sierra Club attorney Robert Wiygul says he will file his appeal of the Harrison County Chancery Court decision at the state Supreme Court today. Harrison County Chancery Judge Jim Persons released his decision yesterday (Feb. 28) affirming the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s decision to allow a $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County ...

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Lawsuit brought against Howard for 'withholding jobs'

LAUREL — A company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants has been accused in a civil lawsuit of intentionally withholding jobs from U.S. citizens. Immigration agents detained about 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries’ plant in Laurel in 2008. The company pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to violate immigration laws. ...

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USDA declares 44 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 44 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due a drought that occurred May 1-Dec. 31, 2010. The counties are: Amite, Hancock, Leflore, Quitman, Benton, Harrison, Lincoln, Sharkey, Bolivar, Hinds, Lowndes, Simpson, Carroll, Holmes, Marshall, Stone, Chickasaw, Issaquena, Monroe, Sunflower, Claiborne, Jefferson, Newton, Tallahatchie, Clay, Jefferson Davis, Noxubee, Tate, ...

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State's tax collections missed target in February

JACKSON — After exceeding expectations in January, state tax collections fell below their target for February, prompting Gov. Haley Barbour again to call for conservative spending by lawmakers. “As of today, Mississippi’s preliminary February revenue collections missed the estimate by 2.15 percent,” Barbour said. “The state collected $228.8 million, which was $5 million below the Sine Die estimate for the ...

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Swoope stepping down at MDA, headed for Florida

JACKSON — Mississippi Development Authority executive director Gray Swoope is leaving his job for a similar position in Florida. Gov. Haley Barbour said Swoope would now be the head of economic development in Florida. Swoope became director of MDA in Jan. 2007, moving up after the retirement of wealthy businessman Leland Speed. Swoope had been second in command at the ...

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