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Center gets stimulus funds for solar panels

OXFORD — A renewable energy grant from the Mississippi Development Authority is helping the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence lead the way in using solar power. When the center is complete in spring 2011, the building will feature 414 photovoltaic solar panels, making it the largest roof-mounted, solar power complex in Mississippi. “That’s basically the entire roof,” said ...

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Barbour unveils new broadband availability website

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour recently unveiled a new “Broadband For Mississippi” website featuring a tool that outlines the availability of broadband across the state. The site is part of the state’s overall effort to increase high-speed Internet access to every community. The site, at www.broadband.ms.gov, allows Mississippians to learn more about broadband technology and what it means to their ...

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CBO: Bailout clipped taxpayers for $25B

WASHINGTON — Congress’ independent budget agency says the cost to taxpayers of the contentious $700 billion financial rescue has dwindled down to $25 billion. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as of this month the government will recoup most of the money spent. The $25 billion represents unrecovered money spent to bail out insurance giant American International Group and automakers ...

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2011 Miss. budget won't have $700 mil in stimulus

JACKSON — Mississippi budget analysts have told lawmakers that the Legislature used $700 million in nonrecurring funds to plug recurring costs in the current budget. Those funds – mostly federal stimulus dollars – will go away this year. The 14-member Legislative Budget Committee gathered Monday to start developing a proposal for the 2011 session. During the opening meeting, staff members ...

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Miss. could get $13.2 mill for small businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)–In an effort to loosen loans for small businesses, Mississippi could get up to $13.2 million from a newly created $30 billion fund, the U.S. Treasury Department said Friday. The fund is part of a bill to aid small businesses and encourage hiring signed by President Obama on Sept. 27. Under the new State Small Business Credit Initiative, ...

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State's application for education funding approved

JACKSON — Mississippi has received approval of its application for $97.8 million in federal stimulus money for its schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement in a news release. Mississippi was one of seven states and the District of Columbia to receive application approval. Gov. Haley Barbour applied for the money last week. The $97.8 million is ...

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Barbour to superintendents: Hang onto stimulus money

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour is telling school districts it might be smarter to save their federal stimulus money for next year rather than spending it all this year. Barbour said in a news release yesterday that he’s applying for $98 million in federal stimulus money. That’s Mississippi’s share of education funding from a $26.1-billion jobs package recently passed ...

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MDA reopens ARRA-funded appliance rebate program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has reopened for additional consumer reservations the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP), a first-come, first-served program encouraging Mississippians to replace old, inefficient appliances with new energy-efficient ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances. 
 The SEEARP, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, kicked off April 22, and within two months 100 percent of ...

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Barbour mulling saving, not spending, stimulus money

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and a bipartisan group of Mississippi lawmakers are considering saving, rather than spending, one of the two pots of federal stimulus money Congress recently approved. Doing so could make it easier for officials to craft a state budget during the 2011 election-year session when most lawmakers are either seeking another term or running for ...

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Biden glosses over woes of ARRA-funded program

FRESNO, Calif. — Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration “hit the accelerator” toward spending $5 billion under the economic stimulus law to weatherize people’s homes, create thousands of jobs, help consumers save money and put the nation on track for energy independence. Yet the weatherization program Biden highlighted in his visit yesterday to New Hampshire is widely considered ...

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