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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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Read the November 7th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — AN INDELIBLE IMPACT: Amy McCullough takes a look at how one man’s words more than 40 years ago may shape the economic future of Mississippi. Also in this week’s paper: >> KEMPER PLANT KEY IN HEATED PSC CONTEST: Adams makes false claims in attempt to win election — by AMY McCULLOUGH >> NEW CADENCE?: Will ...

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'Facebook firing'

The settlement of a complaint issued by the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) involving the firing of an employee of a Connecticut company who posted negative comments about a supervisor on Facebook could have far-reaching implications. It should have employers in Mississippi taking a harder look at their social media policies to ensure they are not in violation of the ...

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The Alluvian Hotel receives honor from Condé Nast Traveler

The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood was named No. 91 out of the Top 200 Best Hotels in the World 2011 by Condé Nast Traveler. This award reflects the more than 8 million Reader’s Choice Awards results received this year. Condé Nast Traveler, the world’s premier travel magazine, highlights travel tips, vacation ideas, destination information, and much. >> RELATED STORY: Viking ...

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Barbour votes for 'personhood' initiative after all

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he voted after all for a state ballot initiative that would declare life begins at fertilization. The Republican said he voted by absentee ballot yesterday because he won’t be in his hometown for Tuesday’s election. >> RELATED STORY: MBJ EDITORIAL — Gov. Barbour shows leadership on Initiative 26 >> RELATED STORY: Personhood ...

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Gubernatorial campaigns plug into 'star power'

PEARL and HATTIESBURG — A month after announcing that he would not run for president in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie paid a visit yesterday to Mississippi, where he urged Republicans to turn out next week to elect Phil Bryant as governor. Christie spoke to about 250 people at a rally in Bryant’s home of Rankin County, a Jackson ...

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Keesler AFB trimming 68 civilian positions

BILOXI — As a result of Air Force reductions in the civilian work force, Keesler Air Force Base is slated to lose 68 civilian positions in 2012. This reduction is in response to direction from the Secretary of Defense for the Department of Defense to keep civilian manpower costs capped at fiscal year 2010 levels. >> RELATED STORY: Weitzel facing ...

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Four sentenced for their role in mortgage scheme

JACKSON — Four people who pleaded guilty almost five years ago in a mortgage fraud schemes have been sentenced. Prosecutors said the scheme began in September 1999 and ended in 2005, when charges were filed. It involved two related cases totaling about $5.8 million in fraudulent mortgage loans. The Clarion-Ledger reports three people were sentenced yesterday, including former Greenville real ...

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Alderman: Board not liable to repay $170K

SOUTHAVEN — A Southaven alderman says that he and others on the seven-member board did not use Mayor Greg Davis’ personal or city-issued credit cards and should not be liable for more than $170,000 that the state Auditor’s Office has ordered Davis to repay within 30 days. Alderman Greg Guy tells The Commercial Appeal no aldermen ever had access to ...

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KEMPER PLANT KEY IN HEATED PSC CONTEST

Presley, Adams debate details of coal project consumer impact Of the three incumbents RUNNING for re-election to the Mississippi Public Service Commission — which regulates public electric, gas, telecommunications, water and sewer utilities — only one faces a serious challenger. Northern District Commissioner and Democrat Brandon Presley is opposed by Republican Boyce Adams. Both have raised significant campaign funds — ...

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