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Which is it?

Mississippi Power wants to use coal while other energy providers move to gas   Mississippi Power Company wants to build a $2.2-billion lignite coal plant in Kemper County to fill an energy generation need because a dependence on pricey, volatile natural gas would be too expensive for rate payers. Yet the chief financial officer of Mississippi Power’s parent, Southern Company, ...

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Eastover negotiations come to halt

Negotiations between a Jackson developer and the state to build a mixed-use development on the Old Blind School site in Jackson have broken down. Ted Duckworth said last week that he would seek to modify the legislation that outlines the terms that have governed negotiations between him and the Mississippi Development Authority and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  The sticking ...

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‘We’ve gone into silent mode’

No one in Tunica has heard from GreenTech since ground-breaking   In early October, Chinese businessman Charles Wang held a ceremony in Tunica announcing plans to build a  $1-billion hybrid vehicle manufacturing facility. GreenTech, Wang’s company, would employ 1,500 people directly and produce as many hybrid vehicles annually as Toyota does, Wang said.  The project’s size and ambition was upstaged ...

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TUNICA WAITS

As two major developments are on back burner, Tunica County’s unemployment rate sits at 13 percent Mississippi’s unemployment rate has, for the past 12 months, averaged 8.9 percent.  Aside from plunging tax revenue that is forcing lawmakers to make some uncomfortable decisions with the state’s budget, the unemployment rate is the starkest indicator that the effects of the national recession are ...

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It’s all about being hip and funky

Libby Story McRight found a need and then provided it The creativity Libby Story McRight and her husband, John Hunter McRight, share is reflected in the hip, funky clothing stores the couple own in Mississippi. The latest, trendy styles in young ladies fashion are infused with Libby Story McRight’s even fresher spin on fashion. Libby Story McRight learned the ins ...

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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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