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KiOR makes first shipment, reports loss

COLUMBUS — Texas-based KiOR Inc. has reached a milestone with the first shipments of cellulostic diesel from its biofuels production facility in Lowndes County. KiOR president and CEO Fred Cannon says in a statement that the company will focus on achieving “steady state operations” in Columbus. He says KiOR expects to produce between 3 million and 5 million gallons for ...

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Cost of obtaining public records could decrease

JACKSON — A bill has passed the Mississippi Senate seeking to reduce the cost for the general public to get copies of government documents. Senate Bill 2066 says requests for public records must be handled by the lowest-paid government employee who is qualified to do so. The proposed change is intended to stop agencies from using attorneys or other high-paid employees ...

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Capital City could face $1B water bill

JACKSON — A new study finds the city of Jackson will need an estimated $300 million to fix its crumbling water system. The Clarion-Ledger reports Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. released some of the basic details about the study yesterday. The city already has to spend roughly $400 million on sewer improvements, as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Add in ...

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New CONs issued for health care project cost overruns

D’IBERVILLE and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for two projects. Greenbriar Nursing Center of D’Iberville has received a CON for the cost overrun to CON #0810 — relocation of 46 long-term care beds from Azalea Gardens Nursing Center. The approved capital expenditure for this project is $2,679,601. The additional capital ...

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Entergy assess cost of Christmas Day ice storm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Entergy Arkansas has compiled preliminary damage estimates following the Christmas Day ice storm that gripped Central Arkansas and left more than 194,000 customers without power and caused extensive damage due to ice, snow and high wind. Total restoration costs for the repair and/or replacement of Entergy Arkansas’ electrical facilities in areas damaged from the winter storm ...

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Feds joining lawsuit against ex-nursing home operator

LUMBERTON  — Federal officials are joining a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a former south Mississippi nursing home operator withheld care to pad profits. The suit, originally filed by Academy Health Center, accuses the former operator of a Lumberton nursing home of claiming money from Medicare and Medicaid for services that he didn’t provide or for services so bad they were “effectively ...

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Utility's earnings take big hit during third quarter

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation reported third quarter 2012 as-reported earnings of $337.1 million, or $1.89 per share, compared with $628.1 million, or $3.53 per share, for third quarter 2011. On an operational basis, Entergy’s third quarter 2012 earnings were $347.7 million, or $1.95 per share, compared with $628.1 million, or $3.53 per share, in third quarter 2011. Entergy said ...

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Board puts universities' fee request on hold

OXFORD and STARKVILLE — The College Board stalled discussion of a $50-a-semester building fee on full-time students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it. However, it appears the proposal will return, possibly as early as next month. The proposed fee was up for a first reading by the ...

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Consumers could be in line for e-books settlement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Officials say they’re sending out notices to Mississippi residents who might have overpaid for e-books and are eligible for a share of a nationwide settlement. Attorney General Jim Hood says the state is getting $407,823 of the $69 million settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Shuster. Officials say the money will be paid to consumers ...

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Supervisors agree to absorb some of employees' premiums

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors have voted 3-2 to keep the contract approved Oct. 4 with United Healthcare and its local representative, Bottrell Insurance. The new contract lowers employees’ health insurance deductible from a staggering $5,000 to a low of $500 but more than doubles their monthly premiums, from $73 for a single employee to $173. The board voted yesterday ...

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