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Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The company (then) ...

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Kemper Update: Mississippi Power files for rehearing

Mississippi Power Company has asked the state Public Service Commission for a rehearing regarding its proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The Commission gave conditional approval of the plant on April 29. The Commission said the project was too risky for ratepayers, but MPC could get the green light for Kemper by submitting to a $2.4 billion cost ...

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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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U.S. Energy Secretary Wants Kemper Approval

The Energy Daily reports today that U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu hopes the Mississippi Public Service Commission and Southern Company can strike a compromise on a proposed $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County. The Mississippi Commission voted April 29 to allow the plant to go forward if Mississippi Power Company (a division of Southern Company) ...

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BGR website has changed since MBJ Barbour/Kemper story was published

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Note: See The New Republic’s corresponding story. Gov. Haley Barbour’s former lobbying firm, BGR Group, has changed its website since the Mississippi Business Journal published the story “Barbour’s Kemper Connection” on April 25 noting Barbour’s frequent praise of the proposed Kemper County clean coal project. The state Public Service Commission voted for a conditional approval of the $2.4 billion project ...

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Barbour calls special session for state retirement program

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s calling a special session for lawmakers to consider increasing the amount that state employees pay toward their own retirement. The special session begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and is taking place within the regular session already under way. Barbour made the announcement less than three hours before the special session was set to ...

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Barbour unveils his budget recommendations

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday outlined a revised executive budget for FY 2011 that calls for agency directors to find efficiencies in spending and trims most agencies 12 to 17 percent while funding public schools at near peak levels. The $5.5-billion FY 2011 Modified Budget Recommendation urges responsible spending for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, as ...

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Barbour to reveal budget recommendations

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will hold a news conference today to reveal his new recommendations for the state budget. His announcement comes six days before legislators return to Jackson to finish writing a $5.5-billion state spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Barbour released his initial budget in November, but lawmakers have rejected some of ...

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Barbour maneuvering for healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON— Gov. Haley Barbour has reaffirmed his commitment to have Mississippi join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation approved by the U.S. Congress. Barbour made the announcement after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, declined to file a lawsuit by noon, March 25, as asked by Barbour, a Republican. And, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) ...

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Medical examiner bill awaits Barbour's signature

JACKSON— Legislation requiring higher standards for Mississippi’s next state medical examiner and others who perform autopsies in criminal investigations is headed to the governor’s desk. The House approved the bill after an unsuccessful attempt by one lawmaker to derail the legislation. The bill calls for the state and county medical examiners to be medical doctors certified in forensic pathology by ...

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