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Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

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Jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill approved

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NEW ORLEANS — Oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury, a federal judge has ruled. The BP oil spill medical settlement reached in 2012 was set up to pay cleanup workers and others who experienced certain illnesses during the immediate aftermath of ...

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Sen. Wicker to keynote Delta Council’s 80th annual meeting

STONEVILLE — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chair of the Armed Services Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the 80th Annual Meeting of Delta Council on the campus at 10:30 am, Friday, May 29. The gathering will be at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland. Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the Senate since 2007, has championed issues such ...

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Nissan gives $500,000 to Mississippi history museums

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at its Canton plant, along with former Mississippi governors, William Winter and Ronnie Musgrove. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have met ...

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Mississippi Power announces solar projects

MBJ staff Mississippi Power plans to become the second major utility in the state to announce a solar project of limited scope, it said in a news release. It is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build two generating farms to produce approximately 53 megawatts,  enough  to power 7,800 homes, according to the utility’s Friday release. ...

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Location chosen for Entergy's pilot solar project in DeSoto

HUGHES — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that supplies ...

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$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

JACKSON — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they’re proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin. The ...

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Mississippi economic index shows first rise since fall

Components of the Mississippi Leading Index, or MLI, collectively rose 0.6 percent in February, the first increase since October, state economists report. The value of the index increased 3.9 percent from the previous February, according to the April issue of Mississippi’s Business, an economic monitoring newsletter published by the University Research Center, an arm of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher ...

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TVA completes purchase of Mississippi natural gas plant

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi. According to the utility, TVA has bought electricity from the plant since 2008. The board of directors voted in February to pursue purchasing the plant itself from Quantum Choctaw Power, and that transaction was completed on Tuesday. The high-efficiency plant uses two gas turbines ...

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Feds to set new off-shore drilling rule, 5 years after BP oil spill

The New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said Friday. The announcement of the Interior Department regulation, which could be made as soon as ...

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