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Read the August 29th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough looks at a troubled Massachusetts solar panel manufacturer that got much-ballyhooed state government aid. Back in Mississippi, the state has recently invested in another solar panel maker, who — predictably — says its technology is the difference between it and the Massachusetts group. Also in this week’s paper: >> IGNORED: The two committee chairmen ...

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Will solar panels made in Miss. be used in Miss.?

Although Mississippians will be manufacturing solar panels at Stion in Hattiesburg, they will find it difficult to use the company’s products at home unless the state Public Service Commission adopts a uniform net-metering policy. Stion touts its residential products on its website: “Stion’s panels can help you save money on your electricity bill, gain energy independence and increase your property’s ...

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Stion: Bankruptcy not in the plans

Company: Thin-film technology will create solar success; plant ribbon cutting set for Sept. 16 As the photovoltaics industry took a hit with the bankruptcy of Evergreen Solar, Stion announced a Sept. 16 ribbon cutting for its Hattiesburg plant. While some industry experts speculate more solar companies may also fail or move production to China, Stion and other manufacturers feel secure ...

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Beetlemania

The hot, dry weather has the state’s reeling timber industry in a catch-22 situation. The drought has left Mississippi’s pine trees stressed and vulnerable to attack from pine bark beetles, including the highly destructive Southern pine beetle. The best defense against the pests is to thin tree stands. However, landowners are hesitant to thin their trees and lose revenue from ...

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Hood: State risks being cut out of NFIP

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is requesting the help of Mississippi’s congressional delegation in asking for a federal waiver of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood mitigation ordinance for hunting and fishing camps. A recent opinion by the Attorney General’s Office highlights a conflict between state law and FEMA regulations. The opinion recognizes an exemption under state law ...

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Company that caused fish kill discharging wastewater

PEARL RIVER — State environmental regulators have approved Louisiana-based paper producer Temple-Inland Inc.’s request to begin a limited wastewater discharge from its water treatment system in order to reduce water levels in its stabilization basin. Authorities say doing so will allow for rainfall and cooling water at the plant and prevent an emergency discharge in the event of a surprise ...

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CVB to shore up budget deficit with tax money

SOUTHAVEN — The DeSoto County Convention and Visitors Bureau board has adopted an operating budget of $11.5 million for the DeSoto Civic Center for fiscal year 2012 that starts Oct. 1. The spending plan includes a $494,000 deficit that CVB members say will be shored up with funds from the county’s 2 percent tax on hotels and restaurants. The Commercial ...

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UM restructures tuition for PMBA degree program

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration, beginning this fall, is charging one rate of tuition for both resident and nonresident students in its online Professional Master of Business Administration degree program. “This change will affect out-of-state students the most, in that they now will pay in-state or resident rates,” said Douglas W. Vorhies, MBA program director. ...

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