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PSC offers ‘net metering’ proposal

April 7, 2015

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MBJ staff and wire Mississippi’s utility regulators are proposing rules that would be relatively favorable for residential users to deploy solar panels, but they’re leaving wiggle room for changes. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to issue its proposed “net metering” rule, with plans to accept public comments through July 1 and then hold a […]

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UPDATED: Florida firm slapped with $1.3M No Call fine

April 7, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined a Florida company $1.3 million for 266 violations of the state’s No Call law. But with Global Financial Assist LLC having gone out of business, the fine may be more symbolic than actual. The fines come to $5,000 for each of the unauthorized calls the telemarketer made […]

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MARTY WISEMAN: Human Capital — Merely Buying Time

April 3, 2015

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The fact that the 2015 legislative session is drawing to a close with the status quo having been maintained may be viewed as a victory of sorts – but alas all indications are that it may be only a temporary reprieve. Just prior to the beginning of the current legislative session Senior State Economist Dr. […]

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OSHA investigating accident at Ingalls Shipyard

March 31, 2015

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PASCAGOULA — Federal officials are investigating an accident at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula last week that sent an employee to the hospital. On Monday, company spokesman Bill Glenn told The Sun Herald the company prepared a release but did not send it to the media. He did not say why the release was not sent […]

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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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