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Entergy utilities receive green light for MISO — Regulators clear path for $1.4 billion in projected customer savings

NEW ORLEANS – Paving the way for significant customer savings, regulators in New Orleans and Mississippi today issued decisions supporting proposals by the Entergy operating companies they regulate to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, or MISO, in December 2013. These actions complete all of the retail regulatory decisions needed for the six Entergy operating companies to move forward ...

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Lt. Gov. Reeves weighs in on BP settlement

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has weighed in on oil giant BP, which agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a wide-ranging settlement with the U.S. government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I hope this criminal settlement results in a swift agreement with the states on the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Those funds are ...

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Regions contracts with PrimeVest for wealth management services

Birmingham, Ala.-based Regions Bank has contracted PrimeVest Financial Services to provide investment and financial advisory services to customers in the 16 states in which it does business, the bank said Thursday. The agreement with PrimeVest will help the Regions, Mississippi’s market leader in retail banking, fill the service gap that was left after it sold its brokerage unit, Morgan Keegan, ...

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Two defendants to be arraigned in surplus property case

BASSFIELD — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says two individuals turned themselves in to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office last Tuesday following multiple count indictments. These indictments are a result of the investigation into surplus property purchased by the City of Bassfield and converted to personal use. Brenda Saulters and Billy Matthews were booked on the charges false pretenses, embezzlement and ...

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Retiring DMR exec to turn over some duties to new deputy

BILOXI — Mississippi Department of Marine Resources executive director Bill Walker says new deputy director Danny Guice will take over some of his responsibilities as Walker prepares to retire. Walker told the Sun Herald he plans to retire by June of 2013. Gov. Phil Bryant would name his successor. “What the governor needs is someone who can put in another ...

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City, grocer ask to be dropped from Kmart flood lawsuit

CORINTH — The city of Corinth and the Kroger Company have asked a federal judge to dismiss them as defendants in a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. Kmart Corporation is seeking compensation for flood damage at the Fulton Crossing location, the store’s closure for about 10 months and flood prevention efforts in April 2011, when the ...

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Committee expected to OK extra fee at UM, State

OXFORD and STARKVILLE — Mississippi’s two largest universities are likely to win approval to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students. Members of a College Board committee unanimously approved the proposals yesterday from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The full board is scheduled to vote on the fee today. Leaders of the schools say they need money ...

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NFIB director backs governor's call for tax reduction action

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, Mississippi state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released a statement in response to Gov. Phil Bryant’s call to stop delaying the accelerated tax reduction as part of his proposed budget for fiscal 2014. Aldridge wrote: “This would make a big difference to a lot of small businesses. By no longer delaying the ...

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Put down that margarita: Booze calories nearly equal to soda's for U.S. adults

NEW YORK  — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, ...

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Put down that margarita, report says booze contains as many empty calories as Big Gulp

NEW YORK — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, ...

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