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Entergy gives solar a shot

By Jack Weatherly Entergy will build solar facilities in three Mississippi cities. It is designated a pilot project even though solar technology has been around for decades, because it is the first of “utility scale” in Mississippi, said Aaron Hill, manager of the project for Entergy. Construction will commence in the Jackson area in the second quarter and be completed ...

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State's ventures into alt-fuel markets net few jobs

Update: An earlier version of this article misstated that Khosla had controlled three companies, which was reflected in a headline.     By Jack Weatherly Solar-panel maker Stion Corp. is the only one of three alternative-energy companies that received a total of about $175 million in loans, plus other financial backing from the state of Mississippi that actually has employees today. ...

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Economist: Mississippians get most 'mileage' out of low pump prices

By Jack Weatherly Tumbling prices at the gas pump are good news for all consumers in the country, but especially so with Mississippians. At 6 percent of disposable income in Mississippi, gasoline constitutes the largest part of household budgets anywhere in the United States, according to state economist Darrin Webb. That’s because of Mississippi’s relatively low incomes, Webb said. And, ...

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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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Deerfield Golf Club owners say club on par

By JACK WEATHERLY Mark Twain is credited with saying that “golf is a good walk spoiled.” If he were to stroll across the 150 acres that had been Jackson’s Colonial Country Club till it closed last year, the famed author’s musing might not be disrupted, save for navigating the tall weeds that have overtaken the property. The new owners have ...

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Interstate 55 work between Byram and I-20 to be rebid

By Jack Weatherly Work on the 7.5-mile, heavily traveled stretch of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange will be halted temporarily so that a new method can be used to address unanticipated soil conditions, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesman Jarrod Ravencraft. Ravencraft said Tuesday afternoon that “the traveling public will not notice any difference in the ...

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