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Smokin' the Sound cancelled in Biloxi

BILOXI — The annual powerboat races will not return to the Mississippi Sound in 2015. Smokin’ The Sound offshore powerboat race in Biloxi and the Smokin’ The Lake drag boat races in Gulfport are cancelled for this year Executive director Woody Bailey says dwindling financial support and recent years’ economic downturn prompted the decision. Bailey says financial support from state ...

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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year

  Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, ...

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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year

Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., ...

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DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission Chairman Lynn Posey of Union, ...

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Judge: Oil, gas firms not liable for La. coastal erosion

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority’s lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they allegedly caused to Louisiana’s wetlands. The authority is one of two regional boards ...

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Supreme Court says PSC blew it on Kemper power plant, orders refund

JACKSON — One thing is certain following Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling — Mississippi Power Co.’s customers will be getting back the $200 million-plus they’ve paid so far for the coal-fueled power plant that the company is building in Kemper County. But what happens after that is anybody’s guess, as the court threw the problem back into the lap of ...

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More than half latest round of oil spill seafood claims paid

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than half the payments from a $500 million second round of seafood industry claims have been distributed. Patrick Juneau said in a news release that the program has resulted in $296 million in payments to 2,647 claimants. The $2.3 billion Seafood Compensation ...

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TVA moves toward big solar purchase

Associated Press The Tennessee Valley Authority has taken steps toward its first large-scale purchase of solar electricity. The TVA Board on Thursday voted to authorize Chief Executive Bill Johnson to enter into a 20-year contract with NextEra Energy for an 80 megawatt solar facility in northern Alabama that officials said offers the most competitive solar pricing they have seen. The facility ...

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Refund ordered for Kemper power customers

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. has been ordered to refund its customers for a rate increase put into effect in 2013 to begin paying for Kemper County power plant it is building. The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the refund Thursday. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said the state Public Service Commission erred in granting the increase. The PSC ...

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Adam Craig Band added to lineup for Miranda Lambert concert in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND — Nashville singer-songwriter Adam Craig and his band will perform with Miranda Lambert, the reigning queen of country music and its top female performer over the past five years, during a special Memorial Day weekend concert at Renaissance at Highland Colony in Ridgeland. Craig, who has written chart-topping songs for country music stars Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson and Parmalee, will join ...

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