CRAWFORD: MS Power’s Kemper Plant a solid long-term investment.


In 2009 when Mississippi Power Company began discussions with the Mississippi Public Service Commission about its need to replace aging coal-fired plants, adding a new natural gas plant was considered. However, this would have made MPCo’s generating capacity 75% dependent on price-volatile natural gas. The Commission instead approved the lignite plant, giving MPCo a diversified … Continue reading CRAWFORD: MS Power’s Kemper Plant a solid long-term investment.

Lawsuit filed against MDOC for abuses at East MS Correctional Facility.


The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the 83-page complaint against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Thursday in the federal court in Jackson. It alleges numerous gross abuses at the privately run East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, which houses some 1,500 inmates. Among the claims are that of … Continue reading Lawsuit filed against MDOC for abuses at East MS Correctional Facility.

MS Power’s Kemper Plant will be hot topic at Southern Co. shareholder meeting.


Questions about the abrupt departure this week of Mississippi Power President Ed Day are likely to be asked during the annual meeting of Southern Co. stockholders today in Pine Mountain, Ga. Representatives of the Sierra Club said in a conference call Tuesday they will use the shareholders' meeting as an opportunity to ask about the … Continue reading MS Power’s Kemper Plant will be hot topic at Southern Co. shareholder meeting.

Abrupt replacement of MS Power chief a result of withholding documents from PSC.


Mississippi Power Co. made an abrupt leadership switch Monday amid cost overruns at the Kemper County power plant it's building, naming Ed Holland president to replace Ed Day. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said Monday that Day, who resides in Ocean Springs, was retiring and would be replaced immediately by Holland, Southern Co.'s chief … Continue reading Abrupt replacement of MS Power chief a result of withholding documents from PSC.

Sierra Club lawsuit seeks PSC reboot for MS Power’s Kemper County project.


In legal papers filed Thursday, the environmental group says that a January settlement so changes the permission that the PSC gave Mississippi Power in 2012 that the utility regulator should be forced to look again at its analysis. Mississippi Power said it would respond in court, but had no immediate comment. The unit of Atlanta-based … Continue reading Sierra Club lawsuit seeks PSC reboot for MS Power’s Kemper County project.

Democrat Rep. Chuck Young: Expand Medicaid or risk “civil unrest”.


(Democrat Rep. Chuck) Young said the state needs to cooperate with the federal government on (Medicaid expansion.) "We are trying to pick and choose which federal guidelines we want to take and which ones we don't want to take," Young said, suggesting that Republican lawmakers learn from the state's history. "We're borderline to civil unrest. … Continue reading Democrat Rep. Chuck Young: Expand Medicaid or risk “civil unrest”.

DOJ and Meridian Public Schools reach agreement on discriminatory disciplinary practices.


The U.S. Department of Justice and the Meridian Public School district have come to terms on a consent decree to address allegations of past racial discrimination in using harsh school discipline policies that the DOJ said created what has been called a school to prison pipeline in Meridian. If approved by the court, the proposed … Continue reading DOJ and Meridian Public Schools reach agreement on discriminatory disciplinary practices.

Former State Rep. dead at 68


Former State Rep. Jerry E. Wilkerson, who served three terms in the Mississippi House and was a spokesman for the propane, petroleum and convenience store associations for 25 years, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home say Wilkerson died at his home in Daleville on Wednesday. The cause … Continue reading Former State Rep. dead at 68

Rep. Greg Snowden talks state budget at Meridian meeting.


At a Council of Governments meeting on Monday, Snowden said the session, which began a week ago, will last 90 days. The biggest action of the first week, he said, was passing appropriations bills that will put money mainly at community colleges and IHL facilities for bad roofs. Traditionally, he said, this money has been … Continue reading Rep. Greg Snowden talks state budget at Meridian meeting.

Mississippi Supreme Court throws out death sentence conviction on grounds of mental disability.


The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence of Howard Dean Goodin on grounds that he's mentally disabled. Goodin, now 58, was sentenced to death in the November 1998 robbery and fatal shooting of Union store owner Willis Rigdon. The court ruled today that a "preponderance of the evidence" shows Goodin is mentally … Continue reading Mississippi Supreme Court throws out death sentence conviction on grounds of mental disability.