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Company: Natchez recycling plant to open in month

  MBJ staff and wire Company officials say Delta-Energy should start operations in Natchez within a month to five weeks. The company announced plans in February to open a carbon solids and hydrocarbon recapturing facility on 30 acres of the former International Paper property. Delta-Energy’s John Rollins told The Natchez Democrat the company has moved the equipment from its first ...

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Analysis: Community college fight attracts little attention

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Community College Board should be thankful that the state’s College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Without the dispute over Jones leaving Ole Miss to distract them, more members of the general public might have noticed the train wreck on the board that coordinates the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. It’s at ...

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Tennessee Valley Authority reports increase in income

CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has increased its net income for the first half of fiscal year 2015. TVA reported on Friday that it had a net income of $577 million, which is $349 million more than it reported in the same time period a year ago. The utility said operating expenses through the end of the second ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

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JACKSON — The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn’t ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme. Catherlean Epps has hired an attorney with expertise in federal forfeiture cases to keep her claim on property her husband has agreed to hand over, the ...

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Rice planting halted by frequent rains


STARKVILLE — On paper, Mississippi’s rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill. In the Crop Progress and Condition Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 49 percent of the state’s rice was planted and 30 percent emerged by April 26. Those ...

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Trustmark CEO Gerard Host to address Gulf South Bank Conference

JACKSON — Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) President and CEO Gerard R. Host will address analysts and investors attending the Gulf South Bank Conference at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans on Monday at 1 p.m. Trustmark Corporation is a financial services company providing banking and financial solutions through 202 offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.  

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Man sentenced for making counterfeit IDs for immigrants

GULFPORT — Prosecutors say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after selling counterfeit immigration papers to illegal immigrants in southern Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Pedro Alberto Perez pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of counterfeit documents April 21 in Gulfport. Court records show Perez met with customers who wanted to buy a ...

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Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

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JACKSON — Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday. Joe McAndrew described such a debate as “a tricky political question,” and said gathering support to increase or restructure ...

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Regions must pay $7.5 million in fines over illegal overdraft fees


By TED CARTER  The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has hit Regions Bank, tops in market share among Mississippi banks, with a $7.5 million fine for “illegal actions” on over-draft fees. The CFPB has already forced the Alabama-based multi-state bank to refund customers $49 million in wrongfully collected overdraft charges. The enforcement action announced this week charges the $122-billion Regions ...

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