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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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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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