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Jackson County schools among 19 getting failing grade from state

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Education, Mississippi  /  No Comments

POOR MARKS: Researchers ranking states by financial transparency have given Kansas a "C-" grade for the second year in a row.

The Jackson County Public School District, which has received negative attention over a series of scathing audit reports from the Mississippi Department of Education, was among 19 school districts that received a grade of F in the DOE’s  latest letter grade ratings. The state’s A through F accountability system evaluates each school district’s performance for the 2015-16 school year. The grades […]

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Casino v. amusement park: Biloxi battles state over land use

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Kentucky, Mississippi  /  No Comments

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is proposing an $800-per-machine tax on establishments that have video gaming machines.

Biloxi Mayor Andrew Gilich wants to allocate land adjacent to the Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi for a family amusement park, but Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has more adult plans for the site. Gilich revealed this week that Hosemann wants a developer — not yet named — to build a casino on the coastal land. The Biloxi […]

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Mississippi Power gets $63 million tax exemption from Jackson County

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved a tax exemption for Mississippi Power this week that resulted in a partial property tax exemption totaling $63 million over the next 10 years. The tax break is payback for the utility’s decision to invest $464 million on a coal scrubber stack designed to remove pollutants from emissions produced by Plant […]

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Utility admits Kemper Project could be costlier to operate than originally estimated

By   /  October 18, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

ICEBERG: While Mississippi Power's Kemper Project clean coal power plant was costly to build, it might even be more costly to operate and maintain.

Mississippi Power admitted to regulators that the Kemper Project will cost more than $1 billion over the first five years for operations and maintenance, an increase of 288 percent.

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Driver falls afoul of Jackson’s anti-competitive taxi regulations

By   /  October 14, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The consequences for disobeying Jackson’s restrictive and anti-competitive taxi ordinance can even include an arrest, as a cab company owner found.

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Kemper Project generates first electricity from syngas

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Mississippi Power

Mississippi Power says the Kemper Project clean coal power plant generated its first electricity from lignite coal Wednesday.

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