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MBJ EDITORIAL: Rate increase of 11.35 percent just the beginning in regard to Kemper

It was only a matter of time before Mississippi Power Company started raising the rates on its customers to pay for the $2.88 billion Kemper County coal plant. So, last week MPC filed documents with state regulators — the Public Service Commission — for a requested rate increase of 11.35 percent. The Commission has the ability to deny MPC’s request. ...

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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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Judge: Kemper appeal decision in 2 weeks

By Amy McCullough GULFPORT – While lawyers prepared for the hearing upstairs, more than 20 Gulf Coast residents rallied in the lobby of the Harrison County Chancery Court on Feb. 14, as Mississippi Sierra Club director Louie Miller explained a lawsuit with a pair of flip flops. Miller held up a pair of the popular beach sandals with the names ...

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Kemper’s coal

Mississippi Power finally had its way with the state’s Public Service Commission On June 3, regulators granted Mississippi Power Company a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build its $2.4-billion clean coal plant in Kemper County, on which the company broke ground last week. The approval came after extensive hearings in February, a conditional approval passed by the Commission ...

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Is Russia reneging on poultry pact?

The brand new poultry trade agreement between the U.S. and Russia looked to be in some jeopardy earlier this month after U.S. officials alleged Russia was reneging on the deal. However, the issues appear to have been resolved and U.S.-raised chicken is on its way to Russia, the top U.S. and Mississippi poultry importer — at least for now. Jim ...

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Public record or corporate secrets

PSC to decide whether public should be privy to matters concerning their pocket books ahead of corporate concerns of confidentiality By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER amy.mccullough@msbusiness.com At a hearing last week regarding whether Mississippi’s public utilities should be able to hide certain documents from the public, several utilities spoke out in favor of leaving the Public Service Commission rule ...

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Managing ethics when no one else is looking

Mississippi Power Company attorney, Ben Stone, of Balch & Bingham’s Gulfport office, should seriously examine his role as Chairman of the Mississippi Ethics Commission. Stone said in a hearing last week (Sept. 14) at the Mississippi Public Service Commission that he did not disagree with the Attorney General’s opinion that according to state statute, public utilities cannot hide information regarding ...

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