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Gulfport buys Ingalls facility for $32 million

March 27, 2015

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GULFPORT— The Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority has approved the purchase for $32 million a Huntington Ingalls Gulfport facility located about five miles inland. The acquisition is part of a long-range plan to develop an inland port as an extension of the Port of Gulfport, the authority said Friday in a news release. The […]

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Rules for fracking on federal lands issued

March 20, 2015

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Staff and wire reports The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, a drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production across the country. A rule to take effect in June also […]

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Board of Trustees extends contract for Delta State’s president, Bill LaForge

March 19, 2015

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of Delta State University President William N. LaForge following a careful review of the university under his leadership. According to board minutes, members granted the extensions in a closed meeting on Feb. 17 to Jackson State University’s Carolyn Meyers, […]

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Eric Martin Satz nominated to serve on TVA board

March 13, 2015

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NASHVILLE — The White House has nominated venture capitalist Eric Martin Satz to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Satz is partner at venture capital and private equity firm TNCV. If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Satz would serve on the federal utility’s board until May 2018. He would replace […]

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Mississippi Power, regulators, ask Kemper decision rehearing

March 13, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company’s Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the regulatory body argued the […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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Fed’s Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

March 5, 2015

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Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from […]

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Mississippi Power’s conversion of plant nearly complete

February 27, 2015

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GULFPORT — The last load of coal has arrived by barge at Plant Watson as Mississippi Power prepares to convert the plant to using strictly natural gas. Mississippi Power had already started using natural gas and announced in August it would convert units 4 and 5 from coal to natural gas to most economically comply with […]

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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. A three-judge panel of the […]

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

February 24, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in […]

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