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KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

JACKSON — Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, fired back Thursday at the Mississippi Development Authority’s December call to convert KiOR’s case from Chapter 11 reorganization into Chapter 7 liquidation. “The motion reflects a ...

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Deadline passes and state receives no payment from KiOR

COLUMBUS — Mississippi officials say they didn’t get any money from faltering biofuel firm KiOR on Friday, the deadline for the company to make a $1.9 million debt payment. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, has a grace period of three business days to make the payment, so it wouldn’t officially break its agreement until midnight Wednesday. A spokeswoman for KiOR ...

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KiOR secures funding to increase biofuels production

COLUMBUS — A Texas-based company has secured funding to proceed with plans to double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus. KiOR Inc., based in Pasadena, announced yesterday in a news release it has received $100 million in committed equity financing from Khosla Ventures, an investment company based in California, and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Khosla Ventures ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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Stion: Bankruptcy not in the plans

Company: Thin-film technology will create solar success; plant ribbon cutting set for Sept. 16 As the photovoltaics industry took a hit with the bankruptcy of Evergreen Solar, Stion announced a Sept. 16 ribbon cutting for its Hattiesburg plant. While some industry experts speculate more solar companies may also fail or move production to China, Stion and other manufacturers feel secure ...

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Khosla fires back at Wall Street Journal

By Amy McCullough Quite the heated exchange on the Wall Street Journal editorial page between the editors and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In a previous editorial, “The Range Fuels Fiasco,” the WSJ used Khosla’s failed Range Fuels business to say that government shouldn’t get involved with startups. (WSJ is now locked down. Most of the editorial can be found at ...

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WSJ: Learn from Khosla-backed energy startups that tanked

By Amy McCullough See related story “Good Idea or Not?” and blog post “Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures.“ A Wall Street Journal Feb. 10 “Review & Outlook” column (“The Range Fuels Fiasco“) details failed energy startups backed by Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures, along with other investors, is backing three green energy startups to which Mississippi has pledge ...

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Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures

By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour and a venture capital firm backing three of the most recent green energy startups purchased by the state of Mississippi will both be speaking at a California energy conference for high-rollers hosted by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. ECO:nomics “will bring together the world’s top CEOs, policymakers, entrepreneurs and industry experts to ...

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Good idea or not?

See related Feb. 4 Business Blog post, ‘Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures’ and Feb. 11 post, ‘WSJ: Learned from Khosla-backed energy startups that tanked.’ State leaders agree that affordable and reliable energy is essential for Mississippi’s future economic growth. Gov. Haley Barbour has said his energy policy is “more of it” and has aggressively promoted hefty incentive packages to a ...

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