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Thigpen: "Barbour is ready to fly"

By Stephen McDill JACKSON- In MBJ-TV’s final installment this week of the Forest Thigpen interview, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy chimes in on the biggest political question of the year: will Haley Barbour make a play for the White House? “I’ve compared it to- what he seems to being doing now- as a military jet coming ...

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Hattiesburg attorney settles lawsuit with county

HATTIESBURG — Federal court records show a Hattiesburg attorney has settled his lawsuit against Pearl River County over his claims his arrest on a bribery complaint in 2009 was in retaliation for past disputes with the local sheriff. Details of the settlement were not made public. A federal judge signed an order Feb. 17 dismissing the lawsuit. Glenn L. White ...

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MDOT to stage demonstration of river turbines

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation plans a demonstration project to light up a display at the welcome center in Vicksburg with electricity produced from underwater turbines in the Mississippi River. Free Flow Power Corp., based in Gloucester, Mass., has 88 such energy-generating turbine projects along the river. MDOT says an informational kiosk explaining the project and the benefits ...

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City's residents oppose downtown hotel project

OCEAN SPRINGS — A group of Ocean Springs residents say they are opposed to a proposed boutique hotel. Jane Boyd Beaugez told the Board of Aldermen yesterday the proposed hotel would go fine in Biloxi, but not in downtown Ocean Springs. The Sun Herald reports that neighbors were concerned that the hotel would not fit in with the character of ...

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Denbury to buy CO2 from Kemper County plant

KEMPER COUNTY — A wholly-owned subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Denbury Resources Inc. has entered into a contract to purchase 70 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from Mississippi Power Company’s Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle project. Terms of the contract were not disclosed Mississippi Power will capture, clean, compress and deliver an estimated 115 million cubic feet per ...

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To HR professionals: Beware of 'cat's paw' liability

By Wally Northway A decision recently rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court opens employers to liability for discriminatory employment practices in a theory that up until the ruling had gained little traction in the higher courts. Now, human resources managers need to be aware that the “cat’s paw” liability theory has been deemed constitutional and holds broad implications for employment ...

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Will Barbour Run?

JACKSON- Mississippi Center for Public Policy president Forest Thigpen thinks Gov. Barbour will launch a bid for the White House soon. He also describes the first 100 days in office of the next Governor of Mississippi and a few of the key issues the winning candidate would face.

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Aircraft company moving operations from Arkansas

TUPELO — A company that dissembles wide-body commercial aircraft at the Walnut Ridge Airport in Walnut Ridge, Ark., is moving much of its operation to Mississippi. The Jonesboro Sun reports that Memphis, Tenn.-based Universal Asset Management will move the operation to Tupelo because the 747s and other large aircraft are causing significant damage to runways, ramps and taxiways. The company ...

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TVA's fuel adjustment cost to drop in April

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s monthly fuel cost adjustment will drop by up to $2 for average home customers in the April billing due partly to an accounting change. TVA in a statement March 15 said the newly named total monthly fuel cost reflects a 1.2 percent decline in the utility’s total average wholesale price per kilowatt hour, ...

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Barbour disagrees with committee's revenue estimates

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour is not pleased with the revenue estimates recently adopted by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. In a statement, Barbour wrote: “I disagree with the decision of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to increase the revenue estimate for this year and next year by a total of $20.9 million. We cannot rely on imagined revenue when ...

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