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Customer ‘feedback’ leads Regions, SunTrust, Wells Fargo to end debit card fees

Regions Bank and SunTrust customers in Mississippi and elsewhere can say goodbye to the monthly debit card fees the banks assessed for using the card for making purchases. The Birmingham-based Regions, which holds the largest bank market share in Mississippi, followed SunTrust, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank in pulling the plug on the fees. Regions early Monday afternoon said it ...

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Chinese utility financing BlueFire's biorefinery

FULTON — BlueFire Renewables Inc. has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Huadian Engineering Co., LTD., to finance its integrated power plant and biorefinery in Fulton in Northeast Mississippi and up to five additional plants in the United States. Under the MOU, Huadian will invest equity by purchasing an interest in BlueFire Fulton Renewable Energy, LLC and, ...

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Supreme Court upholds decision on redistricting

JACKSON — The Supreme Court will not get involved in a fight over redistricting in Mississippi. The court affirmed today a lower court ruling allowing state lawmakers to run in their current districts this year. The justices rejected an appeal from the Mississippi NAACP. The Mississippi Legislature did not pass a redistricting plan this year. The 122 Mississippi House districts ...

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Entergy officials tout joining transmission organization

JACKSON — Officials with Entergy Mississippi Inc. say joining a regional transmission organization will allow New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation’s six utility operating companies to achieve as much as $1.4 billion in future customer benefits, relative to other available options.  Of that estimate, up to $284 million in future benefits could be realized by Entergy Mississippi customers, resulting in continued affordable, ...

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Patriot, CF strike railcar services agreement

COLUMBUS — Patriot Rail Corp, a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company, and CF Rail Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings Inc., a transportation asset services and investments company, has entered into long-term railcar services agreements at select Patriot-owned railroads. Under the exclusive agreements, CF Rail leased the railcar and locomotive inspection and ...

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BlueFire Renewables lands financing MOU for Fulton project

— BlueFire Renewables lands financing MOU for Mississippi bioenergy project, 5 others Biofuels Digest reports today that California-based BlueFire Renewables has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with China Huadian Engineering Co. to finance its integrated Power Plant and Biorefinery in Fulton, Miss. and up to five additional plants in the United States. Under the MOU, Huadian will invest equity ...

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Kemper County power plant construction posing transportation problems

KEMPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is informing motorists of the upcoming transport of extremely large loads to Kemper County for the construction of Mississippi Power’s new power plant. Beginning tomorrow night, there will be two transport vehicles moving extremely large loads from Big Bee Valley along Highway 388 to U.S. 45, then to Highway 16 west ...

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Ex-judge to be sentenced for mortgage scam

GREENWOOD — Former Greenwood attorney and judge Bobby Fisher will be sentenced tomorrow for his role in a mortgage scam. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Fisher is to appear before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson. In January 2006, Fisher and former real estate agent Jim Pruett pleaded guilty to a scheme of falsifying mortgage application documents. Pruett was ...

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Renaming airport could cost up to $150K

JACKSON — What is a name worth? Possibly $100,000 to $150,000. That is how much it is expected to cost the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority to replace signage and other materials in changing the name of the Jackson-Evers International Airport to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Jackson City Council this month approved the renaming, which backers say ...

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Officials decide against relocating historic bridge

VICKSBURG — Officials in Vicksburg are scrapping plans to move a 143-year-old bridge from one part of town to another. There had been talk of moving the Fairground Street Bridge to the site of the Lower Mississippi River Museum downtown. A project manager, Michael Renacker, says several contractors each quoted at least $10 million to move the bridge a mile ...

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