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Levee Board plans to file records publicly

Board attorney Allen says MDAH still must be contacted about specifics regarding the records The Rankin-Hinds Levee Board will begin complying with rules requiring state agencies to file records with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), according to the board’s attorney and the Department. Board attorney Trudy Allen told the Levee Board at a public meeting April 12 ...

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Mayor hopes for 4-year Tulane in Madison

Hawkins’ vision includes dorms, complete campus Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler hopes to see the new Tulane University satellite campus blossom into a full-fledged, four-year university in Madison. “The hope and the vision for the future is to have a four-year university of Tulane campus. That is our goal — to see the expansion of Tulane and for Tulane to be ...

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Coast officials: We’re open for business

Seafood industry’s plight remains big concern For Laura Allen, the waiting is the hardest part. An employee at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, Allen booked a condo on the Alabama Gulf Coast months ago, well before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that is still spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As her refund deadline approached, she agonized over whether or not ...

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Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The company (then) ...

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Scientists on the front line

  Tireless efforts could ease the impacts on environment and the area’s economy — ON THE GULF OF MEXICO The fight to stave off the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and protect the Gulf Coast’s delicate ecosystem was more than evident last week off the coast of Mississippi. Coast Guard aircraft crisscrossed the sky as a small ...

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PSC members: Politics played no part in Kemper plant decision

Baseload generation and the virtues of clean coal were not the only players on the roster as the Mississippi Public Service Commission weighed Mississippi Power Co.’s request to build a $2.4-billion coal-fired plant in Kemper County. The political tug-of-war between economic development interests and ratepayer protection got a lot of playing time, too. Commissioners voted 2-1 to conditionally approve MPC’s ...

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Tax base a long way from full strength

Town’s largest shopping complex may not open for six months   The clean-up continued last week in Yazoo City, and it could be four to six months before the major shopping center in the area is back to full strength. A.G. Helton, who owns the 49 Junction Shopping Center at the intersection of highways 49 and 16, said the southern ...

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Panel considers Rate Payer Bill of Rights

Commission heard from utility companies at recent hearing where 100 people attended Approximately 100 people attended a May 4 hearing in Jackson for the Public Service Commission’s proposed Rate Payer Bill of Rights that would apply to water, natural gas, sewer, electricity and telephone services, which are regulated by the Commission. The Commission heard from utility companies and members of ...

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Tested veterans start new management company

  If the four principals of the brand-new Mississippi Investment Management Company (MIMCO) were comic book characters, they might be characterized collectively as the Justice League of wealth management. Unlike the fictional superhero outfit, however, this quartet doesn’t have a Superman, Flash, Green Lantern or Aquaman in the lot. Led by self-described “battle-scared veteran” Bill Whitney, MIMCO is turning heads ...

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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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