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Utility faces federal investigation over failed power plant

A utility giant faces a federal investigation over a $7.5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi regulators pushed the electrical utility into partly cancelling. The Southern Co. said Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department told the Atlanta-based company on Monday that it has started a civil investigation into the plant that subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. was building in Kemper County. ...

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Trump adds limited disaster aid for 13 Mississippi counties

President Donald Trump is expanding limited disaster aid to 13 more Mississippi counties following storms and flooding in February and March. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to emergency workers. Added Wednesday are Alcorn, Carroll, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Montgomery, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Union, Webster and Yalobusha counties. ...

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ALAN TURNER — PEOPLE LEASE: A Mississippi success story

It’s always inspiring to learn about business success stories in Mississippi. Our state has many successful entrepreneurs who have made a strong mark in the Mississippi business environment. People Lease is one of those. Recently, I talked with Ken Lewis, Director of Operations for People Lease, which is headquartered in Ridgeland. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ken spent 8 years ...

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Lexington-based coffee company invests $2M to expand, expects to add 55 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Lexington-based Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in a $2 million corporate investment that is expected to create 55 jobs over three years. Southern Coffee currently employs 14. The expansion is slated to be complete in January 2020. Southern Coffee aims to develop “sustainable businesses focused on restoring and strengthening the local communities. for generation,” ...

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Showing a ‘hole’ lot of promise

» Pipe Planner key to cutting Delta irrigation levels by 20 percent By TED CARTER Name buzz for no-cost irrigation software Pipe Planner is likely be zero outside of Mississippi and neighboring Delta states, but it figures prominently in plans for sustaining imperiled agricultural water supplies in Delta regions. With the web-based program, growers save water and energy through more-precise ...

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Farm-to-table movement growing in popularity

By BECKY GILLETTE The farm-to-table movement is becoming increasingly popular across the country as consumers lean toward wanting to support local growers who can provide tasty and fresh produce that doesn’t have to be shipped across the country. Dr. Christine Coker, a specialist in urban horticulture vegetables and green roof food systems at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research & ...

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Green industry in Mississippi grossed $175 million in 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE When talking about “green” industries, it doesn’t get greener than operations like Salad Days in Flora, a hydroponic farm that is used to grow pesticide-free produce including lettuce and several varieties of tomatoes. The farm operated by Jamie Redmond and Leigh Bailey has a number of environmental benefits: Water usage is minimal making this method easily sustainable. ...

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TODD SMITH — Twitter voices are largely younger, more educated, Democrat

Social media has become our virtual backyard, a go-to place to catch up on news, stars, media personalities politicians, entertainers, sports and so much more. Varied audiences from around the world tune in. So, whose voices make up Twitter users? To examine this question, Pew Research Center recently conducted a national survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. adult Twitter users who ...

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Hancock Whitney to buy struggling Louisiana bank for $213M

A Mississippi bank is buying a Louisiana bank and also expanding its Texas footprint. Hancock Whitney Corp. of Gulfport announced Tuesday that it will buy MidSouth Bancorp of Lafayette for $213 million in stock. MidSouth has been losing money, struggling with bad loans. MidSouth sold more stock, closed branches and sold off some loans. But it again posted a loss ...

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Mississippi casinos win more as sports betting boost extends

Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the second-highest monthly amount ever in March, boosted by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament. Although casinos in other parts of Mississippi remain beset by increasing competition, they too have been showing strength since the advent of sports betting. Figures released this month show gamblers lost $212 million in March, up 5% from ...

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