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Kemper coal plant now faces spending review

KEMPER COUNTY — The next battle over a Kemper County power plant will hinge on whether Mississippi Power Co.’s spending on the project was prudent — and that decision may come months later than a July 24 date that state regulators had agreed to earlier this year. The utility recently asked the state Public Service […] [...]

Auditor: Legislature’s salaries, expenses totaled nearly $7.5M

JACKSON — Mississippi spent nearly $7.5 million for salaries and expenses of state lawmakers during the 11 months that ended in early April, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office. That breaks down to nearly $5.2 million for the House of Representatives and $2.3 million for the Senate. The report is dated […] [...]

School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed […] [...]

Most two-year schools asking more tuition this fall

JACKSON — Tuition will rise at 11 of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges this fall, with average tuition for two semesters (fall and spring) rising about 6 percent to $2,376. Here are the rates that each college has approved or has projected to the state Community College Board, as well as the percentage change from […] [...]

Commission, rail company disagree over bridge fees

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg Bridge Commission and the Kansas City Southern Railway have been at odds for eight years on what the railroad will pay to run trains across the Mississippi River on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge. In September 2005, the five-member commission adopted a per-car rate of $14 — more than triple […] [...]

County, city to partner on cost of replacing old bridge

OLIVE BRANCH — DeSoto County plans to team with Olive Branch on a $600,000 project to replace an old timber-supported bridge on State Line Road over Johns Creek. The Commercial Appeal reports that a consulting engineer working on the project says the bridge is one of DeSoto County’s last remaining timber bridges. The county Board […] [...]

Auditors: Tuition program could be short $100M-plus

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prepaid college tuition plan may be underfunded by more than $100 million, auditors from a private consultant told the board that oversees it. However, the actuaries say the plan can be at least partially fixed by charging more for future contracts. If the board doesn’t make changes, either colleges or the Legislature […] [...]

School district finishes assessment of tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Estimates are in on the dollar amount of the damage done to Hattiesburg Public School District property by the Feb. 10 tornado. Willie Burton, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, tells the Hattiesburg American it’s between $5 million to $6 million for cleanup and rebuilding. The district’s transportation center, transportation office, driver training […] [...]

KiOR makes first shipment, reports loss

COLUMBUS — Texas-based KiOR Inc. has reached a milestone with the first shipments of cellulostic diesel from its biofuels production facility in Lowndes County. KiOR president and CEO Fred Cannon says in a statement that the company will focus on achieving “steady state operations” in Columbus. He says KiOR expects to produce between 3 million […] [...]

Cost of obtaining public records could decrease

JACKSON — A bill has passed the Mississippi Senate seeking to reduce the cost for the general public to get copies of government documents. Senate Bill 2066 says requests for public records must be handled by the lowest-paid government employee who is qualified to do so. The proposed change is intended to stop agencies from using […] [...]

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