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Insurance chief urges governor to delay Medicaid expansion decision

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is advising Gov. Phil Bryant not to act hastily in committing either way on a federal offer to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of uninsured Mississippians. “We have asked the governor to refrain from committing to anything for the time being,” Chaney said, calling for more time to explore the state’s options. Just after ...

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Extension: Watermelon crop good for consumers and farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As summer temperatures soar into the triple digits, Mississippi’s sweet watermelon crop is satisfying both growers and consumers, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Everyone wants watermelon — from the beginning of harvest in June right up until the Fourth of July, when demand peaks for holiday picnics,” said Rick Snyder, a vegetable specialist with ...

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Fitch downgrades Mississippi Power after PSC blocks rate hike

GULFPORT — Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of Mississippi Power Company (Mississippi Power) to “A-“ from “A” and revised the Rating Outlook to “negative” from “stable.” Fitch wrote: “The downgrade is driven by the recent Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) order to deny Mississippi Power’s revenue increase request to earn a cash return on construction work ...

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ATK rolls out new, expanded Liberty spacecraft

IUKA — ATK, developer of the Liberty commercial spacecraft, has unveiled a new expanded crew and cargo capability. The extended cargo configuration will allow the Liberty spacecraft to take full advantage of the launch vehicle lift capacity to transport a pressurized pod (the Liberty Logistics Module, or LLM) along with the composite crew module. Based on NASA’s 15-foot diameter Multi-Purpose ...

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MGCCC makes national ranking for degrees awarded

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has once again been named one of the top associate-degree producers in the nation, with more than 2,000 students receiving degrees in 2011. Community College Week ranked the college at No. 59 in the nation overall. MGCCC has been named in the top 100 nine times since 2002. It is the only community college ...

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Marine Resources releases new edition of saltwater fishing guide

GULF OF MEXICO — The 2012-2013 edition of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR) Guide to Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations is now available at the MDMR office located at 1141 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi and will soon be available at bait shops all along the Coast. It can also be downloaded at dmr.ms.gov. The free guide incorporates ...

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C Spire using Alcatel-Lucent technology for network build-out

RIDGELAND — C Spire Wireless is working with Alcatel-Lucent to build and deploy the initial phase of its 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) high-speed mobile broadband network. C Spire reports it is investing $60 million for the initial phase of 4G LTE mobile broadband services in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September covering 2,700 square miles, a population ...

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Officials issue warning on phone scams involving utility bills

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s public utilities and the attorney general’s office are warning customers about phone scams that have been reported. Electric Power Associations of Mississippi says a caller in one of the scams asked the victim to provide personal bank account information and the bank routing number to pay off the victim’s electric bill. Atmos Energy says another scam ...

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Ex-mental health center director ordered to repay money

LONG BEACH — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has ordered the former director of the South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach repay the state $424,000 for improper payments to employees. The Sun Herald reports the auditor has also turned the case over to the district attorney. Last year, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and State Auditor’s Office launched an ...

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Entergy Corp. adds new app for iPhone

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation has added a new tool to its digital communications — The Entergy App for iPhone. The first version of the Entergy app features customer account information, company news, nuclear energy basics, environmental performance details and more. Rod West, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said, “We have such a wide range of audiences with ...

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