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ANALYSIS — Mississippi has big money invested in KiOR's financially challenged project

The eyes of the international renewable-fuels community are fixed on KiOR (NASDAQ:KIOR), a Texas-based company in which Mississippi has a large stake — specifically a $75 million interest-free loan administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. KiOR plans to build five plants in Mississippi that should convert wood chips to renewable crude through a process called pyrolysis, a feat only accomplished ...

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Judge puts release of Barbour’s pardoned prisoners on hold

A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who’d been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late yesterday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood said he believes Barbour might’ve violated the state constitution by pardoning ...

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Toyota opens plant

The Toyota facility in Blue Springs held a “line-off” ceremony Nov. 17 to celebrate what amounted to a delayed grand opening. It was a celebration nearly five years in the making. The star of the show was a black Corolla that was built on Oct. 24, when production started. It will reside in the lobby of the building. The historic ...

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RETIREMENT VERDICT — Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

The strategy is to structure benefits consistent with a  policy that encourages workers to stay on the job until age 62 “All the cards are on the table face up.” So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees ...

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Public retirement system study panel urges cost-of-living freeze

A three-year moratorium on cost of living allowances, or COLAs, for Mississippi’s retired public employees is a key recommendation of a report that will be released by Gov. Haley Barbour Wednesday. The moratorium recommended by a Barbour-appointed study commission could save the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi about $40 million annually for three years but would deprive about 80,000 ...

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Barbour backs plan to tax online, catalog sales

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants. Barbour expressed support in a letter last week. One estimate shows that Mississippi and its local governments will lose more than $300 million in 2012 because such retailers do not collect the state’s 7 percent ...

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Ingalls training facility contract OKs expected

PASCAGOULA — Construction could start as early as January for Jackson County’s maritime training facility to be built on Ingalls Shipbuilding property. The Board of Supervisors and the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners are expected to award a $15.6 million contract on Monday to Ben M. Radcliff Contractor Inc. of Mobile. Leaders said it would take about 45 days to ...

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Barbour hosts work force conference

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and former assistant Labor Department secretary Emily DeRocco will speak Thursday at the Governor’s Workforce Conference in Jackson. DeRocco is president of The Manufacturing Institute. The conference will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The conference will feature sessions on reforming the state’s work force system, enhancing partnerships between workforce and education and regionalism.

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Biggest Loser's Patrick House partners with WellnessPlus

WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, has entered into a partnership with Mississippi native Patrick House, winner of season 10 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” House will serve as spokesperson in WellnessPlus webinars as well as educate the employees of WellnessPlus client companies on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. After winning “The Biggest Loser,” House decided to return ...

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