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BP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS — It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans. Last week, government experts testified ...

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Entergy gives solar a shot

By Jack Weatherly Entergy will build solar facilities in three Mississippi cities. It is designated a pilot project even though solar technology has been around for decades, because it is the first of “utility scale” in Mississippi, said Aaron Hill, manager of the project for Entergy. Construction will commence in the Jackson area in the second quarter and be completed ...

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State's ventures into alt-fuel markets net few jobs

Update: An earlier version of this article misstated that Khosla had controlled three companies, which was reflected in a headline.     By Jack Weatherly Solar-panel maker Stion Corp. is the only one of three alternative-energy companies that received a total of about $175 million in loans, plus other financial backing from the state of Mississippi that actually has employees today. ...

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BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP head to federal court Tuesday for a trial in that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay Clean Water Act penalties as high as $4,300 per ...

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Judge tosses water association suit against state regulation

JACKSON — A federal judge has dismissed a suit that sought to stop the Mississippi Public Service Commission from regulating certain aspects of rural water associations and electric cooperatives. The Mississippi Rural Water Association sought to void a rule that requires a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with ...

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Weyerhaeuser pays $37K fine for air pollution over limits

COLUMBUS — Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Columbus pulp mill is paying a $37,500 civil fine for exceeding emissions limits during a 2013 test. Based in Federal Way, Washington, Weyerhaeuser agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A Nov. 24 order published by the department says that Weyerhaeuser’s boiler exceeded limits for emitting fine particles. Kent Walker, the ...

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Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS — The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 barrels ...

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Mississippi files fraud lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR failure

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the state into loaning the company $75 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court, alleges Khosla and others engaged in fraud, negligence and conspiracy to hide the ...

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Natural gas line fire in Rankin County

BRANDON — Rankin County firefighters are on the scene of a natural gas line rupture and fire off of Mississippi Highway 25 near Brandon. Authorities say it appears the pipeline exploded about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday on Three Prong Trail. Crews at the scene shut off the gas about 7:30 a.m. Sheriff Bryan Bailey says there have been no injuries confirmed ...

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