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No timetable for replacing Leonard Bentz

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz had not, as of Tuesday, sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter noticing his resignation from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It’s a matter of time before he does, Bentz said. Bentz was hired last week as the new executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, a publicly funded, regional economic ...

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UPDATE: Leonard Bentz leaves post at Public Service Commission

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz leaned into a radio reporter’s microphone Tuesday morning in his office, and sang the first few bars of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” It wasn’t bad. For Bentz, it must have felt awfully good, even though he said the appearance of shedding years of coal plant-related stress was “just a show.” Bentz had just ...

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PSC approves multi-year rate plan for Kemper coal plant

Mississippi Public Service commissioners voted 2-1 last Tuesday to approve a multi-year rate plan for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. Terms of the plan call for the utility to receive $99 million in construction-work-in-progress funds for the rest of 2013. That will create a rate increase between 12 and 13 percent for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours ...

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Read December 21 issue of MBJ

>> BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Fashion designer Libby Story McRight finds niche creating old business  by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> DINING Mother Cluckers serving up comfort food in Pass Christian by Lisa Monti >> KEMPER UPDATE Can union labor save coal plant?— by Clay Chandler >> RANKING Forbes gives poor grades to Mississippi— by Ted ...

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Mississippi economic growth predicted to rise in 2013

JACKSON — Economists say growth and employment should increase in Mississippi next year, led by an improved housing market and an increase in home construction. Forecasters discussed their outlook at a Tuesday conference held by the College Board in Jackson. Mississippi’s economy is predicted to grow 1.6 percent in 2013, compared to an expansion of only 0.5 percent this year. ...

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Memphis restaurant caught mislabeling catfish

A Memphis television station recently reported that The Dixie Café was selling Vietnamese farmed pangasius labeled as “catfish” and failed to properly identify the fish to consumers. Under federal law, only American channel catfish (ictalurus) may be sold as catfish. The FDA said it only physically inspects between one and two percent of fish imports, meaning 98 percent or more ...

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McAlister's announces sales growth

The sweet tea, sandwiches and spuds really are that good. McAlister’s Deli announced today its ninth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth, according to a company statement. Third-quarter same-store sales at company-owned restaurants were up 6.9 percent and franchise restaurants were up 7 percent. According to a McAlister’s  spokeswoman, the growth is attributed to, “the restaurant chain’s commitment to ...

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Mississippi and abortion the subject of one national political columnist

In this column, Robert Shrum says sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’ Shrum says the party might never find its way back. Later in the piece, Shrum says … One of Limbaugh’s targets, Steve Schmidt, a veteran of ...

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Analyst disputes claim that Kemper plant is 70 percent completed

A week after Mississippi Power Co. said its Kemper County coal plant was 70 percent complete, a report by an energy analyst commissioned by the Sierra Club disputed that claim. David Schlissel, an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in a report commissioned by longtime Kemper opponent the Sierra Club, said the company’s independent monitor reports ...

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