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Public Service Commission to sue EPA

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted to sue the federal Environment Protection Agency over new air impact regulations that could threaten the reliability of electric service. Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to take legal action, one day after the U.S. House of Representatives’ energy and commerce committee held a hearing on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. A preliminary analysis of ...

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Public Service Commission may curb utility private jet expenses

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is considering amending a rule that would prohibit utilities from being allowed to charge customers for private jet expenses that are above costs of “coach” travel. Commissioner Brandon Presley made a motion to open a docket to amend the rule in July after Mississippi Power Company asked the Commission’s permission to charge customers for $900,000 ...

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Read the September 19th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough analyzes the recent saga at Parkway Properties and looks into the potential of its headquarters leaving Jackson. All of this is happening about 100 days after its combination with Eola Capital LLC as Parkway Properties Inc. announced CEO Steve Rogers’ retirement and succession by Eola chairman and Parkway board chairman Jim Heistand, who will ...

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Stion to cut ribbon on new solar panel plant

HATTIESBURG — Stion, a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules, is officially opening its new factory in Hattiesburg. The company will hold an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon with Gov. Haley Barbour and other state and local officials in attendance. The project, which is the first thin-film solar factory in the Southeast, will deliver more than 1,000 jobs and $500 ...

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Bentz wants 'immediate legal relief' from EPA rule

JACKSON — Commissioner Leonard Bentz has authorized the Mississippi Public Service Commission legal staff to take immediate action against the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, asking the PSC legal staff to file for immediate legal relief before the EPA and the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia no later than Oct. 7. Bentz also instructed staff to ...

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Pharmacy's growth makes Inc. 5000 ranking

JACKSON — Transcript Pharmacy has landed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in America for the fourth year in a row. It ranked 116 in the health industry. “We are blessed to be trusted by so many healthcare professionals and so many patients who, month after month, give us the opportunity to serve their needs,” ...

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Adams and Reese recognized for diversity

JACKSON — The law firm of Adams and Reese has been named a recipient of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence, an inaugural award given by the CCWC as a recognition of the firm’s initiatives, outstanding achievement in commitment to diversity and advancement of women attorneys of color. The CCWC is an international organization of women ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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First M&F closing offices, cutting 11 percent of staff

KOSCIUSKO — First M&F Corporation’s subsidiary, Merchants and Farmers Bank, has launched Project McKinley, a comprehensive strategic performance initiative including a branch consolidation plan that will result in the reduction or sale of six branches. The move comes as M&F seeks to improve efficiencies in preparation for navigating through current uncertain economic times and future growth opportunities. Hugh Potts Jr., ...

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PSC may restrict utilities' corporate travel expenses

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission could vote this fall on a proposed rule designed to limit the corporate travel expenses that utility companies can pass along to customers. The three-member commission took comments on the proposal yesterday in Jackson. The rule would not prohibit utility companies from using private jets, but it would limit reimbursement to the equivalent ...

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