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Kemper County clean coal plant heard before Supreme Court

Oral arguments were heard Dec. 14 before the Mississippi Supreme Court in the case regarding Mississippi Power’s $2.4 billion clean coal plant under construction in Kemper County. The Sierra Club is appealing a decision made by Harrison County Chancery Court to uphold the state Public Service Commission’s decision to allow Mississippi Power to build the plant. Sierra is concerned about ...

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DHA’s CEO comes under fire with investigation by federal agency

After a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Delta Health Alliance settled this summer, the U.S. Attorney in Northern Mississippi started an investigation of the nonprofit’s CEO. A grand jury has subpoenaed records related to the lawsuit to determine if Dr. Karen Fox inappropriately used DHA funds, which come almost exclusively from federal sources, for personal expenses. DHA’s board of ...

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Statement election

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects of direct public use, earned more than 637,000 votes. The initiative needed 50 percent plus ...

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Former bank president Chuck Jordan hits the ground running as new Greenville mayor

In an election year when politics dominated headlines, perhaps Chuck Jordan’s sweeping victory in the Greenville mayoral race topped them all. In a surprising landslide victory, banker-turned-politician Jordan took more than 64 percent of the vote to become Greenville’s next mayor. Not only was this his first political campaign, Jordan, a white, took 40 percent of the black vote. Running ...

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Keeping your resolution

>> New Year’s is the time to start fresh. It is the time we have to reinvent ourselves. This largely ceremonial journey is celebrated by almost half of Americans. I personally feel like almost everyone I know makes some sort of resolution. While the studies are not clear about the number of Americans making resolutions, they all agree that as ...

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Parkway packs bags

The headquarters for Jackson’s Parkway Properties Inc. will move to downtown Orlando, Fla., in early 2012, according to a statement made by the upcoming CEO in a Florida newspaper in October. A handful of senior level management will transfer, but most of Parkway’s 89 Jackson employees will stay in town. Parkway Properties is a publicly traded real estate investment trust ...

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Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi. Much of the savings would come through increases in retirement ages, changes in the way retirement benefits are calculated and freezing of cost of living allowances ...

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Training Dick and Jane

The Governor’s Workforce Conference held earlier this month in Jackson offered plenty of success stories, particularly the recruitment of the new Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi. However, there were also words of warning about the state meeting the needs of businesses with a competently trained workforce in the future. The state is already struggling to meet … >> SEE FULL ...

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