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Coal plant passes its first test

PSC will continue a second phase of hearings in February   The state Public Service Commission (PSC) decided in a Nov. 9 vote that Mississippi Power Company has demonstrated a need for more electrical generation by 2014. The PSC will continue a second phase of hearings Feb. 1, 2010, to consider the solution to the need, for which Mississippi Power ...

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Jones: Tuition on the way up

UM chancellor first to acknowledge that costs for students will have to rise   When Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning officials made their budget pitch to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, IHL Commissioner Dr. Hank Bounds said that tuition increases at the state’s eight colleges and universities might be needed to make up for the loss in state funds due ...

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Combined farmers market gets good reviews

Leaders mull about whether relocation will be permanent   Betty Girling could not have been happier with her experience at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson on Oct. 24. That day marked the first time that the Mississippi Farmers Market and the Greater Belhaven Market offered a joint event. “I thought it was great — and a lot of fun,” ...

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Finding a way to make ends meet

In tough economic times, budget counseling is the way to go for people trying to pay bills Ben Smithson plopped himself down at a computer in Jackson’s Eudora Welty public library. Times are lean, says Smith, and he is using a free service to find ways to save a buck or three. “Every little bit I can save right now ...

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Small changes can add up

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Jackson president Sherry Rainey says saving money in a stifling economy starts with a realistic look at how your money is being spent and what changes you can realistically make. “Even small changes can add up to big savings over time,” she said. Here are a few simple tips Rainey offers clients: • Reduce your ...

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Staggering losses

Crop damage estimated at nearly $500M John Anderson looked out his car window and surveyed yet another flooded field of soybeans. An agriculture economist at Mississippi State University, Anderson knows well the current crop loss estimates — in late October, he and colleague Dr. John Michael Riley figured it at approximately $371 million, or 23 percent. A little over a ...

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Chromcraft adds soy to foam ‘recipe’

  Mississippi company using renewable raw materials to make foam On Nov. 3, the team at residential and commercial furniture manufacturer Chromcraft in Senatobia were hard at work incorporating a new formula in their “recipe” for foam. The company, a division of Chromcraft Revington Inc., has taken another step in its commitment to promoting sustainable home and work environments. The ...

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Big plans for special session hit a snag

After big announcement for 500 jobs in the Delta, company says it needs more time for preparations   The longest and loudest round of applause at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob Mississippi came when Gov. Haley Barbour told the crowd under the tent that he was preparing to issue a call for a special session in which lawmakers would ...

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Viking Range gets creative as it unveils new line

Viking Range Corp. has gotten creative in the down economy by launching a lower-priced Designer Series that will appeal to a new, larger target market. Twenty years ago, Viking started the brand known for the professional and commercial look in the kitchen. Now, another market segment wants a sleeker, modern look. The Viking Designer Series helps us take advantage of ...

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Saturn owners: So, what is next?

Jackson dealership will stay open selling used vehicles   On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Saturn of Jackson owner Phil Moore closely monitored the televisions at his dealership in anticipation of a big announcement. Having been given several rounds of assurances from General Motors that a deal to sell the Saturn brand to Penske Automotive Group was imminent, Moore waited for the ...

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