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Entergy Mississippi cuts rates by $102M as natural gas dips

Entergy Mississippi cuts rates by $102M as natural gas dips

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Entergy Mississippi just can’t cut electrical rates fast enough to keep up with falling natural gas prices, and Mississippi Power Co. isn’t far behind. The unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will cut rates by $102 million in coming months on its 442,000 Mississippi customers. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity per month, ...

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Mississippi close to landing big industry

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JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi could be days away from landing a major industrial project, as pieces of the recruitment effort including special utility rates and incentive legislation are moving forward. The state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to allow Energy Mississippi to offer a special electrical rate to an unnamed industry. Cecil Brown, Democratic Central District public service commissioner, said ...

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Last defendant pleads not guilty in major BP fraud case

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GULFPORT, Miss. — The last of seven defendants in a BP claims fraud case, 33-year-old Thi Houng Le, has pleaded not guilty to 95 felony charges. The Sun Herald reports Le was represented in U.S. District Court on Monday by Public Defender John Weber because, she said, she could not afford an attorney. Weber said he has been representing the ...

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Indictment says lawyer’s bogus BP clients included dog

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GULFPORT, Miss. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mississippi’s Southern District has indicted a San Antonio attorney, his brother and five others on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft for allegedly submitting false claims in BP oil catastrophe litigation. Southern District U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said at a news conference Thursday the case ...

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Texas lawyer expected in court in oil spill-related case

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GULFPORT, Miss. — A Texas lawyer is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on federal criminal charges stemming from litigation against BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, his lawyer said. Defense attorney Robert McDuff confirmed that Mikal Watts is among the people charged in a sealed indictment, and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday afternoon. “I look forward ...

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Parts sold from biofuel plant that owes Mississippi $79M

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JACKSON, Miss. — Equipment from the failed KiOR biofuel plant in Columbus is being sold, but Mississippi taxpayers are likely to recover little of the $79 million that the state is seeking. Iowa-based REG Synthetic Fuels is paying a receiver $1.5 million for some refining equipment at the KiOR plant, which was supposed to turn wood chips into a crude ...

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Editorial: Don’t cry for them (oil refineries)

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Oil refiners have their britches in a twist over new regulations designed to curb their toxic air emissions. Crocodile tears. The oil industry has reaped record profits in recent years, while for decades refineries have foisted polluting toxic substances on the neighborhoods where some of America’s poorest citizens live. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for refiners to install ...

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BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

FILE - This Oct. 3, 2012 file photo shows buildings behind Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast, including Birmingham which is over 200 miles away, have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill, according to records obtained by The Associated Press in August 2015. (Mark Almond/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. This week, BP finished making approximately $687.4 ...

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Editorial: Don’t squander oil spill settlement funds

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Horrible things happened on April 20, 2010, deep in the Gulf of Mexico. International oil giant BP made huge blunders that led to a catastrophic and deadly failure we now know as the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil drilling disaster. Last week, the company agreed to an approximately $19 billion settlement with Southern states whose shorelines were affected by the spill. ...

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Storm leaves 170,000 without power in U.S. Gulf Coast

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Almost 170,000 homes and businesses were without power early on Tuesday from Texas to Mississippi after severe storms battered the U.S. Gulf Coast states on Monday, according to local utilities. The storms moved from west to east, hitting Texas first. Power companies in Texas said they expect to restore power to most customers later on Tuesday, but would not be ...

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