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PSC gives temporary approval to Kemper coal plant construction

JACKSON — Utility regulators say Mississippi Power Co. can continue temporarily to build its Kemper County coal-fired power plant. In a meeting today that lasted less than a minute, the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to give temporary construction authority to the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. The vote came weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that the ...

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Tempers fly in House over workers' compensation vote

JACKSON — Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 yesterday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which proponents say would balance a system that now unfairly favors workers. Opponents dispute that, saying the insurance system for paying for on-the-job injuries is balanced now and that the changes ...

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Committee again delays vote on charter school legislation

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has again delayed a vote on a charter school bill. It’s unclear whether Senate Bill 2401 can pass the House Education Committee, though it has been narrowed by amendments. Some Republicans and conservative Democrats on the 31-member panel continue to voice opposition. For example, Rep. Steve Massengill, a Hickory Flat Republican, says he remains ...

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County to spend $5.1 million for levee at KiOR site

ADAMS COUNTY — Adams County will spend $5.1 million to put up a levee at the industrial site where a biofuels company intends to locate. Biofuels company KiOR said Monday it would locate its second Mississippi production facility in Natchez, a move that will create 300 jobs. The facility will be built on a 120-acre tract of land comprised of ...

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Coast hospitals receive CON authority from MSDH for projects

GULFPORT and PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi State Department of Health has found there is a need to expand the neonatal intensive-care unit at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and add eight beds at Singing River Health System in Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports certificate of need (CON) applications were approved yesterday and work on both projects may proceed. Richard Lucas, vice ...

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Supreme Court rules in favor of accountant

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld its decision to throw out a verdict against accountant Mignon Willis, who had been ordered to pay her former employer more than $185,000 for failing to perform her responsibilities. The court yesterday denied Rehab Solutions’ motion to reconsider. A jury in Lee County in 2010 awarded the Tupelo company $133,574 in compensatory ...

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City workers' move into Metrocenter snarled in dispute

JACKSON — After the Jackson City Council agreed in February to pay for the installation of wiring at the Metrocenter, around 300 city workers were expected to move into their new offices within 45 days. Now, 54 days later, The Clarion-Ledger reports not a single wire has been installed because of a dispute over whether the developer is owed interest ...

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Mississippi Young Bankers name officers, council members

The Mississippi Young Bankers section of the Mississippi Bankers Association appointed new officers and councilmen during the annual study conference and convention in Point Clear, Ala. March 14-18. Officers include: President: Hue Townsend, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, Belzoni; Vice President: Matt McCraw, First National Bank, Oxford; Treasurer: Michael Schloegel, Hancock Bank, Gulfport; New council members are: Bob Glover, The ...

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