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Budget cuts could mean releasing prisoners

Holmes sheriff: Prisoners are already released too soon To balance the state budget for fiscal year 2010, Gov. Barbour said in an Oct. 13 statement he will likely have to impose a 5 percent cut to Medicaid. Although it is anybody’s guess, this could mean drastic prescription drug benefit cuts to Medicaid beneficiaries. Medicaid is funded by both federal and ...

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Political cheerleading heard at public hearing

Actual concerns voiced centered on costs, ecological impact and reliability of new technology Comments at the Public Service Commission’s Oct. 9 public forum on the proposed Kemper County clean coal plant were supposed to focus on clarifying the need for the plant. Instead, the two-hour meeting at the Woolfolk State Office Building in Jackson served mainly as a political cheerleading ...

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More than 1,000 expected for MEC Hobnob

    Politics, predictions and political humor are on the menu at the Mississippi Economic Council’s eighth-annual Hobnob Mississippi on Wednesday at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson.   Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will highlight the lineup of Mississippi’s statewide elected officials scheduled to speak at the event. Writing duo Jere Nash and Andy ...

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GreenTech largest project to depend on EB-5

 Experts not sure investors will be interested in a hybrid vehicle plant in Mississippi   The start-up automotive company that hopes to build a hybrid vehicle manufacturing facility in Tunica is relying on a funding mechanism that has not made much of a footprint in Mississippi and one that can be cumbersome and frustrating for the investor. When GreenTech Automotive ...

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The Kemper County Project

Mississippi Power’s parent company Southern Company, along with its partner, has developed Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology, which uses low-rank coals, such as the lignite in Kemper County. Low-rank coals have less energy per pound but account for half of worldwide reserves. Penny Burbank, of the Gulf Coast community activist group the Steps Coalition, said at the forum that although ...

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Supreme Court ruling satisfying for Guice

For many Katrina victims, insurance decision came too late to help with financial problems   To Judy Guice, the recent landmark ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court was personal. It established that homeowner insurance policies cover wind damage from hurricanes when water contributes to the loss. A Biloxi attorney, Guice lost her Ocean Springs home to the devastation wrought by ...

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Wet weather may have washed out fair

      Wet.     That’s the only word that came to Billy Orr’s mind when asked to describe this year’s Mississippi State Fair, which concluded Sunday afternoon.   “Everything has been fine, except for the weather,” said the long-time executive director for the State Fair Commission.  “It rained and rained every day except for the first Sunday.”  Though ...

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Who’s next on the chopping block?

Gov. Barbour has the ax out but has yet to take another hack at the 2010 budget   When Mississippi’s tax collections for September came in Oct. 1, they fell short of estimates that were made only a few months ago, estimates made even with a recession in mind. Still, the numbers produced a fair amount of shock. The damage: ...

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MBJ list turns 20

Private business ranking remains only one of its kind in the state In 1989, the Mississippi Business Journal launched a feature that has evolved into something of an institution. Originally titled “MBJ’s Top 100 Private Companies,” researchers looked to identify the largest private companies in Mississippi and rank them by annual revenues. When it debuted, it was the only ranking ...

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Two years away

Jackson construction has a long way to go   Downtown Jackson has a significant amount of construction going on these days, and two large projects are state buildings. The Mississippi Department of Education, housed in the Central High Education Building at 359 North West Street, is undergoing work that should be finished in Dec. 2011. The $4-million renovation began in ...

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