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Cell phones can be added to do-not-call list

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By JACK WEATHERLY Starting Friday, Mississippians will be able to sign up on the state do-not-call list to block telemarketing calls and text messages on their cell phones. That’s when an amendment to the state Telephone Solicitation Act of 2003 takes effect. Those who want to get their cell phones on the registry simply need to go to the Mississippi ...

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Cellphones to be added to Mississippi no-call law

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Thirteen years ago, Mississippi enacted its Telephone Solicitation Act to prevent unwanted calls. In recent years, efforts to add cellphones to the act, which only addresses landlines, have gotten no traction in the Legislature. Not so this year. The House and Senate approved Senate Bill 2366 with only two nay votes between the chambers. Gov. Phil Bryant ...

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ANALYSIS — Presley, at the helm of utility regulator, could get his chance

Public Service Commission chairman Lynn Posey, left, listens as Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stresses the need for accountability from Mississippi Power Company in issuing refunds or credits to customers after the commission voted to comply with a state supreme court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion power plant in Kemper County, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Start thinking of him as Chairman Presley. Brandon Presley has never been shy and retiring. But with a second Democrat coming onto the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the Northern District commissioner will likely take center stage at the utility regulatory agency. With Democrat Cecil Brown of Jackson being sworn into the Central District commission seat, replacing Republican Lynn Posey of ...

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PSC hears comments on net-metering proposal

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A process that began five years ago cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday as Mississippi considers adoption of a “net-metering” rule that would allow residents who equip their homes with solar cells to produce electricity and get credit on their utility bills. The Mississippi Public Service Commission heard from a number of intervenors during a two-hour hearing ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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Power companies urged to consider cell tower idea

MBJ staff Brandon Presley, commissioner for the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission has instructed electric utilities in the state to investigate and develop policies to allow new cell phone towers to be placed on electric transmission towers. Presley said in  news release on Tuesday that such an arrangement could greatly improve cellular coverage in Mississippi while at the ...

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TED CARTER — Hammer comes down on those predatory robocallers (kind of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The Mississippi PSC’s Brandon Presley says the robo offenders have promised to quit annoying Mississippians. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating ...

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, dean of Mississippi journalists.  “Bryant ...

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Supreme Court says PSC blew it on Kemper power plant, orders refund

JACKSON — One thing is certain following Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling — Mississippi Power Co.’s customers will be getting back the $200 million-plus they’ve paid so far for the coal-fueled power plant that the company is building in Kemper County. But what happens after that is anybody’s guess, as the court threw the problem back into the lap of ...

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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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