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Moody’s downgrades Mississippi Power debt

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.

A bond rating agency downgraded Mississippi Power Co.’s debt to the lowest investment-grade level, saying the election of two new members of the state Public Service Commission “increases regulatory uncertainty.” Moody’s Investors Service cut the debt rating Thursday on the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., its second downgrade in two months. Another downgrade would push the utility’s debt into “junk” ...

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MC makes ranking of Christian colleges with lowest student debt burden

CLINTON — Christian Universities Online has published a ranking of the Christian colleges with the lowest debt burden, and Mississippi College made the list. MC, which came in eighth, was the only Christian institution of higher learning in Mississippi to be ranked. College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, claimed the top spot on the list with an average ...

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KiOR could owe state entire $69.4M debt plus interest

COLUMBUS — Mississippi has warned biofuel maker KiOR that it could demand immediate repayment of the company’s entire $69.4 million debt to the state, plus $8 million in interest, if the company doesn’t make its loan payment before a grace period runs out. Marlo Dorsey, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said the state sent the letter yesterday. “Due ...

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KiOR denies ex-director's claims of problems with company's technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was asked to leave the board ...

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Fitch Ratings gives Trustmark a 'stable' outlook

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Trustmark Corp.’s (TRMK) ratings at “BBB+”/”F2”. The rating outlook remains “stable”. Fitch wrote: “TRMK’s ‘BBB+’ ratings reflect its good asset quality and the leading market share in TRMK’s home state of Mississippi and growing market share in other parts of the southeastern U.S. Furthermore, Fitch positively views the company’s risk appetite measured by relatively ...

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KiOR: Money will run out next of money month, bankruptcy possible

COLUMBUS — Struggling biofuel firm KiOR says in a financial filing that it will run out of money by September and that bankruptcy could follow. The company, which built a refinery in Columbus to turn wood chips into synthetic oil, owes Mississippi $69.4 million. The Mississippi Development Authority has agreed to delay payments until the end of October to give ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Hotels, industrial park, offices part of mix at Gulfport/Biloxi airport

In his slightly more than two years on the job, Clay Williams has picked up where retired predecessor Bruce Frallic left off in seeking to make the most of Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport’s assets. So far, property controlled by the Gulfport/Biloxi Airport Authority has added a pair of hotels, a Fixed Based Operator which invested $12 million in its facilities, an ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: A savvy pro is sought for Jackson airport's CEO

The aviation executive search firm hired to find the next CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is likely to focus on an airport pro skilled in economic development. “You need someone who can make that happen,” said  Doug Kuelpman, founder and president of ADK Executive Search, a Jacksonville, Fla., company the Airport Authority selected Monday to find a CEO ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Land may hold key to Jackson airport’s success

Developing and attracting businesses to several hundred acres on Jackson Municipal Airport Authority land east of Medgar Wiley Evers International may be the Authority’s best hope for offsetting the $800,000 lost annually to the departure of Southwest Airlines. The revenue loss has already cost the Airport Authority a Fitch Ratings Service downgrade of a $39.4 million bond issue, forcing a ...

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(UPDATED) Making Jackson-Evers affordable to Allegiant is key to regaining Orlando service

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on well the airport can help the carrier shave its operating costs at the airport.A U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy the airport expects to receive would ease the cost burden early on. But  the Las Vegas-based Allegiant wants to ensure it can ...

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