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C Spire rolls out major program to extend high-speed Internet

By JACK WEATHERLY C Spire is launching a major high-speed Internet service initiative to underserved parts of Mississippi as well as to small businesses. The Ridgeland-based company announced the plan Monday that will offer its service to 250,000 small businesses and individuals, with speeds typically 25 megabits per second (Mbps) in underserved areas, 100 Mbps in other communities and 1 ...

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Mississippi ranks 9th in solar growth in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranked ninth in the country in solar power growth in the second quarter by adding 92.9 megawatts, thanks largely to projects brought online by utilities. The U.S. industry installed 2,387 megawatts of solar facilities for the quarter, a record increase of 8 percent over the year-earlier quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This ...

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Mississippi firm, Duck clan answer the call to help Houston

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s got to be one of the most unusual rescue teams helping out the flood victims in the Houston area. One produces relaxation drink Lean Slow Motion Potion and “hemp-infused brownies,” Kush Cakes, and markets them with a decided hip hop slant. The other manufactures duck calls, and promotes duck hunting and duck culture featuring the Robertson ...

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PSC sets schedule for resolution of Kemper case

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday set Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Utilities Staff on a course that could allow the regulators to decide by January the rate case related to the troubled Kemper County power plant. A hearing was set for Dec. 4. The PSC on June 21 said that it would order the utility not ...

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Baptist to bring 250 jobs to downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Baptist Memorial Health Care will move 250 jobs to downtown Jackson, the hospital announced Thursday. Sixty of those jobs will be new and all of them will comprise the hospital system’s business operations center. Baptist will lease four floors, 41,000 square feet, of the Regions Plaza building at 210 E. Capitol St. “This new office will centralize the ...

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Hotel Row for Fondren? Latest plan raises possibility for lineup of lodging in district

By JACK WEATHERLY Three planned hotels stand to change the look if not the character of downtown Fondren. The north Jackson arts and entertainment district with a bohemian flair awaits the outcome of the hotels, two of which were announced 20 months ago. The most recent plan, a 125-room Homewood Suites, was revealed late last month. They would create a ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Monuments and unflagging passions

Morgan Freeman turned the tables on me while I was interviewing him about 25 years ago. “What should we do about the flag?” Freeman asked me. Flag? What do you mean? I said. Oh, right. The state flag with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy on the upper left corner. I didn’t have a considered answer because I had ...

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Refinery shutdowns put pressure on gasoline prices

By JACK WEATHERLY Nearly 20 percent of U.S. oil refining has been halted because of flooding on the Gulf Coast in the Houston metro area, according to company reports and Reuters estimates, putting pressure on the price of gasoline at the pump. The average price of regular in Mississippi rose to $2.16 on Wednesday, up six cents a gallon from ...

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Sanderson earnings more than double for 3rd quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Higher product prices and lower feed costs in a stable market enabled Sanderson Farms to record net income of $115.8 million, or $5.09 per share, for the third fiscal quarter, compared with $54.7 million, or $2.42 per share, a year earlier. Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive said in its report that retail grocery prices, ...

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