Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi occupational licensing boards about to get a new boss

Published on: March 29, 2017
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Southern Company hit with fifth lawsuit over Kemper Project delays, costs

Published on: March 29, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerOVERHEAD VIEW: The Kemper Project clean coal power plant's cost has increased by $51 million in March.

Report: Problems continue to appear for the Kemper Project clean coal power plant

Published on: March 28, 2017

Mississippi closed bridge list filled with discrepancies

Published on: March 23, 2017

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Photo by Mississippi PowerGASIFIER: The Kemper Project's troubled gasifier turns lignite coal mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility's electricity-generating turbines.

PSC’s Britton: $2.88 billlion cap on Kemper Project isn’t a guarantee for utility

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The lone Republican on the three-member commission says getting the full amount depends on the company delivering on its promises.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonPROTECTION: Proponents of "Blue Lives Matter" laws say that the added penalties for violent crimes against law enforcement officers and other first responders will deter attacks.

Mississippi governor signs civil asset forfeiture reform bill into law

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will bring civil asset forfeiture reform to the Magnolia State.
Published on: March 14, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonCLOSER: Mississippi continues to inch closer to an internet sales tax.

Dire outlook for internet sales tax in South Dakota may affect Mississippi

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In a possible preview for Mississippi, a South Dakota court struck down the state's internet sales tax.
Published on: March 15, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonDENIED: The Mississippi Department of Revenue has denied two requests for a public records request on its sales tax deal with Amazon.

Agency: No disclosure of Amazon sales tax deal since they’re a ‘voluntary’ taxpayer

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The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it won't surrender details of the Amazon sales tax deal since it considers the retail giant to be a taxpayer.
Published on: March 13, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonSEIZED: The Madison Police Department says this police vehicle was bought with proceeds from seized drug funds.

Former official: Mississippi civil asset forfeiture system lacks transparency

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A former Mississippi circuit clerk says that transparency is needed in the state's civil asset forfeiture system.
Published on: March 10, 2017
Photo by Huntingdon IngallsThe US Navy destroyer USS John Finn is launched in 2015 at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.

Mississippi taxpayers to give $45 million to Huntington Ingalls shipyard

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A bill in the Mississippi Legislature would give $45 million to fund improvements at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula.
Published on: March 7, 2017
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Moody’s downgrades Mississippi Power’s credit rating

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Ratings firm Moody's downgraded Mississippi Power's credit rating Wednesday over concerns with the Kemper Project.
Published on: March 2, 2017
State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, talks with Sen. Richardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, during the Senate session, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. By a 52-16 vote the Assembly approved de Leon's bill SB967, that changes the definition of consent for campuses investigating sexual assault cases by requiring “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” by each party to engage in sexual activity. That marks a shift from the popular sexual assault prevention refrain, “no means no.” The bill now goes back to the Senate for what is expect to be a final vote on amendments.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Multiple states ponder turning federal guidance on campus sexual assault into law

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Students and faculty in these states need to be aware of what may be coming.
Published on: March 9, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonSINKING FAST: Mississippi continues to run up debt under "fiscally conservative" Republican leadership.

Director: Mississippi pension system is ‘OK’ despite uncertain future

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The executive director of Mississippi's pension system said the fund's status is OK despite a few fiscal "whammies."
Published on: March 2, 2017

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Photo illustration by Steve WilsonDENIED: The Mississippi Department of Revenue has denied two requests for a public records request on its sales tax deal with Amazon.

Mississippi Justice Institute files complaint over Amazon deal denial

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The Mississippi Justice Institute filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after its records request for terms of deal between the state and Amazon was denied.
Published on: February 21, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerOVERHEAD: The Kemper Project integrated coal gasification power plant is designed to turn lignite into fuel for its electricity-generating turbines.

Why the Kemper Project clean coal power plant can’t get started

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant is beset with issues that have caused its operational date to be pushed back again and again.
Published on: February 8, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonVIABLE: Despite low natural gas prices and a study that shows that running the Kemper Project clean coal power plant on natural gas would be more cost efficient, Mississippi Power plants to ask customers to pay to run it on lignite coal.

Report: Kemper Project is more economical to run on natural gas

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It might be cheaper to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas, but Mississippi Power is committed to clean coal.
Published on: February 23, 2017

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Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi occupational licensing boards about to get a new boss

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A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state’s occupational licensing boards.

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Southern Company hit with fifth lawsuit over Kemper Project delays, costs

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Utility giant the Southern Company was served Tuesday with its fifth lawsuit concerning delays and cost overruns with the Kemper Project.

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Report: Problems continue to appear for the Kemper Project clean coal power plant

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A report by the independent monitor says new problems continue to pop up at the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.

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Mississippi closed bridge list filled with discrepancies

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Only half of the bridges on a closed bridge list given to Mississippi legislators were actually closed to traffic.

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Utah will likely have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal with Amazon

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Utah officials ruled that the state will have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal made with Amazon last week.

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ top 10 is a mix of established charter programs and newer systems.

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