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Whether CWIP constitutes a tax takes up most of Kemper hearing in front of Supreme Court

Most of last Monday’s hour-long Kemper coal plant hearing at the Mississippi Supreme Court centered on two questions: If the Mississippi Public Service Commission allows Mississippi Power Co. to charge its ratepayers for the facility’s construction, will it constitute a tax, or will it simply be a rate assessment? If it is a tax, does it render the Baseload Act ...

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Kemper county energy facility — a wise decision was made

The Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously determined in 2009 that Mississippi Power would need additional baseload electric power generation to meet consumer demand in 2014. Baseload generation provides electricity that’s needed every hour of every day, 365 days a year. By 2014 with increasing demand for electricity and no additional baseload generation, Mississippi Power customers would face volatile and high ...

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Kemper rate mitigation bill similar to 2009 Georgia law

Four years ago, lawmakers in Georgia’s General Assembly approved a bill designed to lessen the rate shock for Georgia Power Co. customers related to the utility’s construction of nuclear power units. Mississippi lawmakers are considering a similar bill for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. >> Read complete story here …  

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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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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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Southern Co. to partner with Texas company to market controversial Kemper coal technology

Southern Co., the parent company of Mississippi Power Co., is partnering with a Texas based-firm that owns part of the technology that will be used at the Kemper County coal plant to market the technology to power companies worldwide. Southern Co. developed the Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology with Houston-based KBR. The process uses low-rank coal, like the lignite coal ...

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Contractors dispute claim of shoddy work at Kemper

Since late March, the projected cost of Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant has gone from $2.4 billion to $2.8 billion. The latest figure is the cap the Mississippi Public Service Commission imposed on the project. David Newell, president of the Central Mississippi Building and Construction Trades Council, said he isn’t surprised. In an interview last week, Newell said ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Second agency cuts Mississippi Power Co.'s credit rating

JACKSON — Another credit rating agency has downgraded its view of Mississippi Power Co. Two of the three major agencies have now cut ratings after the Mississippi Public Service Commission denied Mississippi Power a rate increase to pay off debt during construction of its $2.8 billion Kemper County power plant. Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on about $1 billion ...

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