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Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service. Recent testing of the combined cycle […] [...]

Corn growers watch bear market eat profits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Who knew Mississippi corn growers should worry about bears? The bears are not in the fields eating the crop; they are in the market, eating the profits. When economists refer to a bear market, they are talking about declining stock prices over a prolonged period, usually a 20 percent or larger decline. […] [...]

Severstal selling plants, including Severstal Columbus

COLUMBUS — Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal has not […] [...]

Valley State decides to buy, not rent, modular housing

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University now plans to buy modular housing units, rather than lease them. The College Board approved the purchase plan. It had earlier approved a lease plan. Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds told the College Board that Valley will save money by purchasing because it will be able to resell […] [...]

Pickwick Pines settles lawsuit; pays $260K

IUKA — Pickwick Pines Resort and its owner have agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit that the state attorney general filed in federal bankruptcy court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the resort’s owner, David McMeans, will pay $10,000 to the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Fund. He also will pay […] [...]

Police find Attorney General Hood’s stolen handgun

JACKSON — Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood. The gun was found at the home of a 72-year-old man involved in a domestic dispute, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said the gun and other personal items were stolen […] [...]

Supreme Court rules for city in annexation case involving hospital

OXFORD — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s order that lets the city of Oxford annex the site of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s new hospital. In March 2013, a Lafayette County chancery judge ruled in favor of several landowners who petitioned the court to allow Oxford to take in the property. The […] [...]

Chinese drywall manufacturer fined, banned from doing business in U.S.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon found […] [...]

Medical transportation company opening operation/call center

JACKSON — A Missouri company is opening a location in Mississippi to provide non-emergency medical transportation. MTM Inc. plans a transportation operation and call center in a north Jackson office building that will hire 80 people. The company is investing $400,000. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed $50,000 for building upgrades, as well as workforce training. […] [...]

McDaniel alleges GOP race-baiting; says party should be ‘purged’

ELLISVILLE — Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel said today that other Republicans used “race-baiting” to hurt him in a U.S. Senate primary, and the GOP needs to be “purged” of people who use racially inflammatory campaign techniques against members of their own party. McDaniel lost the Republican primary runoff last month to six-term U.S. Sen. […] [...]

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