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Kemper plant succeeds in producing gas from lignite

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power has started producing synthetic gas using lignite at the Kemper County energy facility, the long-overdue and cost-overrun plagued project. “This is a major achievement for the Kemper project, and I am very proud of everyone who has worked safely and tirelessly to overcome challenges and reach this important point,” Mississippi Power President and Chief Executive Anthony ...

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Solar-panel maker Stion far short of original jobs creation goal

By JACK WEATHERLY The Stion Corp. is struggling to reach its agreed-on goal of creating 1,000 jobs turning out solar panels in Hattiesburg. There are 110 jobs in Hattiesburg and a companywide total of 147 for the San Jose, Calif.-based company, Vice President for Business Development Frank Yang said this week. However, that original goal, set in 2012 and given six ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

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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Chaney easily outdoes challenger in campaign fundraising

By JACK WEATHERLY  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is far outstripping his challenger in campaign contributions as they head toward a Republican primary on Aug. 4. Chaney, who is seeking his third term as commissioner, reported on his May 8 form with the Secretary of State that he has received $116,425 this year, compared with John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body ...

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Analysis: Community college fight attracts little attention

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Community College Board should be thankful that the state’s College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Without the dispute over Jones leaving Ole Miss to distract them, more members of the general public might have noticed the train wreck on the board that coordinates the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. It’s at ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Economic development in these parts is a ‘family’ business

It’s all in the family when it comes to economic development in the South, if things in these parts are any indication. And I suspect they are. The recent announcement that Mississippi’s top economic development official, Brent Christensen, is leaving for a similar post in Greensboro, N.C., brings this to mind. That, and in Arkansas, a new governor, Republican Asa ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Just how long can Dan stand?

Mississippi’s Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning, IHL, wants all of the Dan Jones hullabaloo to blow over. They are hoping spring will take its natural course on those protesting Ole Miss student bodies. Then the IHL Board can get back to operating in their usual anonymity where they are much safer. They’ve looked pretty silly out ...

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