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MBJ EDITORIAL: Rate increase of 11.35 percent just the beginning in regard to Kemper

It was only a matter of time before Mississippi Power Company started raising the rates on its customers to pay for the $2.88 billion Kemper County coal plant. So, last week MPC filed documents with state regulators — the Public Service Commission — for a requested rate increase of 11.35 percent. The Commission has the ability to deny MPC’s request. ...

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Storm system leaves 15 injured in Mississippi

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Fifteen people have been injured in a storm system that swept through parts of Jones County Wednesday, causing damage to dozens of homes and buildings in an area north of Laurel. Only one person was taken to a hospital. No deaths have been reported. County emergency director Don McKinnon said the path of the damage was narrow ...

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Judge OKs Hoods' lawsuit against oil spill fund administrator

JACKSON — A federal judge has ruled that Attorney General Jim Hoods’ lawsuit against the administrator of BP’s $20-billion oil spill fund to get access to claims filed by coastal residents will be heard in state court. Hood filed the lawsuit in Hinds County in July. The fund’s administrator, Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, tried to have the case moved to ...

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BP needs more time to clean oil from Horn Island

GULF OF MEXICO — BP official say they need about a week of favorable weather to complete the cleanup of Horn Island in the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico. “Our guys in operations feel like that in a good five to seven days we can do that cleanup on the south shore of Horn,” said BP spokesman Ray Melick. Melick tells ...

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Florida man to repay victims of Katrina-related scam

JACKSON — A three-day trial of a Hurricane Katrina contractor has ended with the defendant entering a guilty plea, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sam Mineo, 53, of Florida, pleaded guilty before Judge John C. Gargiulo Nov. 10 to false pretense for his actions against four Katrina victims who hired him to fix their hurricane destroyed homes. Mineo’s defense ...

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First oil and gas leases since spill to be sold

GULF OF MEXICO — The Department of Interior says it has set a December date for the next Gulf offshore oil and natural gas lease sale — the first such sale since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The Dec. 14 sale will take place in New Orleans in the Superdome and include all the unleased areas in ...

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Coast Guard plan calls for end to oil spill cleanup

GULF OF MEXICO — BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that washes up on the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company’s well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press. The ...

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Hurricane researchers to study Katrina's 'ground zero'

WAVELAND — Researchers plan to use the hurricane experiences of residents in two Gulf Coast towns to help other communities prepare for the economic effects of disasters. Matt Fannin, associate professor with the Louisiana State University Center for Rural Studies, says the two-year study will start in early 2012 and focus on Foley, Ala., and Waveland. Researchers tell the Press-Register ...

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Companies want federal findings kept out of oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them. Billions of dollars are potentially at stake in a trial scheduled for February to determine whether rig owner Transocean can ...

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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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