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Utilities hope PSC approves discounted rates for businesses

JACKSON — A number of the state’s utilities are hoping lower power bills for their business customers will help those companies save money to grow their operations. With approval of the overall effort from the Mississippi Public Service Commission, five utilities are offering discounted power rates to smaller businesses. Participating utilities include Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power, Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy ...

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Storm-torn counties eligible for SBA assistance

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration has made a disaster declaration for Jones County and six contiguous counties of Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Perry, Smith and Wayne, which were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes Nov. 16. SBA has opened a disaster outreach loan center for residents in the eligible counties at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center ...

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Borsig could be named MUW president today

COLUMBUS — The preferred candidate to become president of Mississippi University for Women is touring the Columbus campus today and could be offered the job by the end of the day. The state College Board announced Nov. 17 that Jim Borsig is its choice to lead MUW. Borsig is currently the associate commissioner for external relations and public policy at ...

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Bryant to use input from 11 policy committees

JACKSON — Gov.-elect Phil Bryant has created 11 policy committees to provide input on the key issues facing Mississippi, and to assist in building core policy agenda items for the upcoming legislative session in January. The policy committee structure will be chaired by Mark Garriga, former chief of staff for Gov. Kirk Fordice, and each of the 11 committees will ...

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Mayor turns over $53,000 in receipts to auditors

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has turned over receipts for $53,000 to state auditors. He’s hoping to make a dent in the $170,000 he has been told to pay by Friday. The auditor’s office said Nov. 2 that a demand letter included $153,589 for expenses, $16,822 for interest and $13,571 for investigative costs. Davis tells The Commercial Appeal the ...

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TVA reports 270 percent improvement in power savings

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Energy efficiency initiatives by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and local power distributors reduced electric power consumption by 559 gigawatt-hours in fiscal year 2011 — a 270 percent improvement in power savings over last year — according to TVA. TVA’s energy efficiency programs have reduced the region’s electricity use by 765 gigawatt-hours over the last two years, ...

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Former USProtect workers to get millions in back pay

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved a global settlement that allows the U.S. Department of Labor to recover $7,968,744 in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets for more than 2,000 security guards formerly employed by USProtect Corp., a defunct Silver Spring company that provided security services for federal buildings ...

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Scientists watching spread of invasive marine life

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Three invasive aquatic species — the silver carp, Asian tiger shrimp and lionfish — have been closely watched this year as they were sighted across the northern Gulf of Mexico. “Recently, we were worried about the Mississippi River flooding that would introduce freshwater species,” Mike Pursley, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Marine ...

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Obama administration: New citations likely for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Obama administration says BP and two other companies are likely to face new citations for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year’s Gulf oil spill. Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the upcoming notices stem from reviews that go beyond a federal government probe of the April ...

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City's waterfront should be open for tourist season

GULFPORT — Gulfport’s waterfront recreation area should be open for business when tourist season arrives. The Sun Herald reports city officials expect construction to be completed in April on all but one of the multimillion-dollar projects underway at the city harbor and Jones Park to the north. The Ship Island ferry terminal, on the harbor’s northwest end, will go out ...

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