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Port of Gulfport board: No need to raise port elevation to 25 feet

An eagerness to shorten the time frame for upgrading the Port of Gulfport led port commissioners Tuesday to scale back plans to elevate the West Pier to 25 feet as part of a $500 million-plus restoration and expansion of Mississippi’s main seaport. The choice ahead is whether to elevate to 12 feet or 15 feet. That decision will be made ...

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Utility reports all nuclear plants safely weathered Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Nuclear reports its Indian Point Energy Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont have all safely weathered Hurricane Sandy. Indian Point 2, FitzPatrick and Pilgrim remained at full power while Vermont Yankee reduced power to 88 percent at the ...

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Association: Shrimp processors still face oil spill dilemma

GULF OF MEXICO — With looming legal deadlines related to the 2010 BP oil spill, dozens of shrimp processors along the Gulf Coast face a difficult dilemma, with either decision having the potential to jeopardize the future of their businesses and the region’s seafood industry, according to a leading trade association. All pending claims for damages related to the oil ...

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Alliance formed to market coal technology 'TRIG' globally

ATLANTA — Southern Company, through subsidiary Southern Generation Technologies, LLC, and KBR, LLC of Houston, Texas, have formed an alliance to market the coal technology transport integrated gasification (TRIG) to power companies worldwide. Through this partnership, Southern Company and KBR will contribute their technical and marketing expertise, respectively, capitalizing on each company’s strengths in expanding TRIG technology to worldwide markets. ...

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Supervisors want second judge as oil industry grows

MCCOMB — Pike County supervisors say the area needs a second chancery judge to deal with expected rise in cases involving the growing oil industry. The Enterprise-Journal reports supervisors voted to ask lawmakers to add a judge to the 4th Chancery Court District. The district includes Pike, Amite, Walthall and Franklin counties. Supervisor Gary Honea says he expects more litigation ...

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When corn wouldn't grow, maze-maker turns to grass

CHICKASAW COUNTY — With persistence, hard work and a little help from technology, one Mississippi sweet potato farmer has created an unusual maze. “My farm is not that big, and after the disaster in 2009 when we lost about 90 percent of our sweet potato crop, we were looking for something else to do to make a little bit of ...

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Wells Fargo quietly sends checks to sidestep mortgage suits

Thousands of Wells Fargo & Co. home loan customers recently received a surprise in the mail: refund checks from the big bank, along with letters saying they had paid unnecessary fees for their mortgages, the Los Angeles Times reports. The unsolicited offers of thousands of dollars arrived with a catch — if the borrowers cash the checks, they can’t later ...

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Board cannot decide whether to continue raising state port

GULFPORT — The state port’s five-member board has set a third special meeting because members were unable to decide in two previous sessions whether the port should continue elevation of the West Pier from 10 feet to 25 feet above sea level. Commissioner Jim Simpson told The Sun Herald port consultants indicated tenants will evacuate for hurricanes even if the ...

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Commissioners give nod to co-op's purchase of power plant

BATESVILLE and HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved the $286-million sale of bankrupt LSP Energy to South Mississippi Electric Power Association. Commissioners voted 3-0 yesterday to give Hattiesburg-based SMEPA the right to operate the natural gas-fired power station in Batesville. The order also gives SMEPA the right to acquire any rights of way that it needs for ...

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Ex-attorney wants release from prison during second appeal

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to be released from prison while his appeal of a second judicial bribery conviction is pending. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 66-year-old Scruggs is due for release from his first sentence on Nov. 6. Scruggs is completing his five-year sentence for a 2007 guilty plea to a scheme to ...

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