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California company chooses Bomgar solution

JACKSON — Kaiser Permanente is using Bomgar’s remote support solution to provide technology support to employees across the country. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than nine million members. In addition to its health plan, the organization operates 37 hospitals, more than 600 medical offices and other outpatient facilities as ...

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Sierra Club: Poll shows customer opposition to rate hikes via Kemper coal plant

The Sierra Club was supposed to release last Thursday the results of a poll meant to gauge Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers’ attitudes toward the Kemper County coal plant. The environmental group delayed the results because of a hearing in which the Mississippi Public Service Commission reached a rate case settlement with the utility. >> Read the rest of the story ...

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Utility's earnings up, but expansion and hiring delayed

ATLANTA — Southern Company reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $383 million, or 44 cents a share, compared with earnings of $261 million, or 30 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Southern Company, the parent company of Mississippi Power Co., also reported full-year 2012 earnings of $2.35 billion, or $2.70 a share, compared with earnings for 2011 ...

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Study: Confidence in economy holding steady on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Confidence in the Mississippi Gulf Coast economy held steady in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the CEO and Business Owners Confidence report from the Gulf Coast Business Council. “For the second consecutive survey, business leaders perceive a modestly improving economy,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “It will be interesting ...

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CARTER: Target greed — not Mississippi — for Chicago’s mounting gun tragedies

Here’s a statement that came out of Capitol Hill Wednesday that bears some scrutiny by an enterprising police reporter from the Magnolia State: Over the last 10 to 12 years, Mississippi supplied one out of 10 firearms seized in crime investigations in Chicago. So how the heck have we missed knowing what big contributors we’ve been to the Al Capone-like ...

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Mississippi stops slide in casino revenues – sort of

Mississippi casinos have halted their four-year slide in annual gross gaming revenues — or have they? In records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011. That stopped a streak of four consecutive years where gaming revenues dropped by an average of about $160 million per year. >> ...

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Ag grad students to compete in farmer-judged competition

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University graduate students studying applied row crop agriculture will present their research findings before industry representatives at a new contest. The first Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition will begin at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Bost Extension Center. The master’s competition features two groups speaking from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and one doctoral ...

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Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will be different. Under two bills ...

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MEMA gives update on damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from 11 counties as a result of severe weather that moved through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. “We were very fortunate that only one minor injury was reported,” said MEMA director Robert Latham. The counties reporting damages are: • Coahoma: Damage to at least one home and ...

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Boats creep by as oil cleanup continues on Mississippi

VICKSBURG — Water vessels were moving cautiously today through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge was leaking oil as Coast Guard officials attempted to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation’s vital commerce routes. Crews on Wednesday began pumping oil from the leaking barge onto another barge — a process known as lightering ...

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