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What’s the Coast to do?

  If oil spill reaches Mississippi beaches, tourism, seafood harvesting could be devastated Connie Cuevas looked out over the water on a beautiful spring day and hoped that it heralded a bounce-back summer for the Coast. General manager of the Holiday Inn Express on Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, Cuevas said with an improving economy and continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina, ...

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Delta Council celebrates 75th anniversary

On March 7, 1935, a sizeable crowd gathered in the small community of Stoneville, brought together to mark the formation of an organization focused on the unique needs and issues of the Mississippi Delta. Today, that organization, the Delta Council, is one of the oldest and most unique economic and community development organizations in Mississippi, and will celebrate its 75th ...

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Four states discuss Entergy’s practices

Entergy’s buying decisions mean millions for ratepayers NEW ORLEANS — Entergy has gotten a lot of attention in Mississippi over the past year, much of it due to an attorney general lawsuit accusing the company of bilking rate payers by failing to provide cheapest electricity available. The conflict between the state-regulated utility and independent power producers (IPPs) — moderated by ...

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Fed: Consumers must opt in to OD privilege

Uninformed may see a decline at register With the increasing use of debit cards in recent years, many consumers have avoided the risk and embarrassment of seeing the words “declined” or “non-sufficient funds” flash at a cash register when accidentally overdrawing due to a service called courtesy overdraft privilege (ODP). When a consumer with ODP overdraws, a bank issues an ...

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Amazingly enough, It could have been worse

  Ardis Russell sat in his office on Main Street in Yazoo City last Monday afternoon and drew a map for a visitor that traced the path the massive tornado took on April 24. Approaching from the west, having just flattened Eagle Lake in Warren County, the massive twister that killed a total of 10 people in three counties and ...

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Negotiations are not dead just yet

Developer says he prefers sell option, and he will respond to whatever state decides to do The District at Eastover, a proposed $150-million mixed-use development at the Old Blind School property in Jackson, may have new life. Just before lawmakers took a session break in early April, Gov. Haley Barbour vetoed a bill that would have authorized the Department of ...

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Stranded in Mississippi

Volcanic event in Iceland takes toll here Michael Jungsvig, business developer at Danish solar energy products company SolarVenti A/S, arrived in the U.S. April 13 to sign a U.S. distribution agreement with Kight Energy, LLC, of Madison. He was supposed to leave April 17. That’s where his story gets interesting. Air travel to Europe had begun crawling again late last ...

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Jungsvig conquers U.S.

In his shirt sleeves and a pair of jeans, Michael Jungsvig looked comfortable and relaxed on a picture-perfect spring day in Gluckstadt. Every question brought a smile and an easy answer, a seemingly amazing feat considering he was stranded a half-world-away from home with little certainty when he could return. Obviously, conquering the United States has a calming effect on ...

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Barbour’s Kemper connection

Vote on proposed clean coal plant to come down this week Note: This story was updated on May 4: “BGR website has changed” At a press conference April 14, Gov. Haley Barbour spoke again about state energy projects and touted the proposed Kemper County clean coal project that will be approved or disapproved by the state Public Service Commission this ...

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Oystermen sailing choppy waters

Industry seeing worst year since Katrina In 2005, Mississippi oystermen were left pondering their future after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state’s fleet and reefs. Now, they are experiencing another “perfect storm,” battling not only weather, but also increased competition and food safety issues following a norovirus outbreak. “We are starving this season,” oysterman Randy Lesso Jr. said bluntly in a ...

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