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Thursday, February 16, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Thursday, February 16, 2006

1. Hood says he found no wrongdoing by any elected officials in connection with Mississippi Beef Processors.
Hood: No more beef charges - The Clarion-Ledger:
State Attorney General Jim Hood said he expects no more criminal charges in the investigation of Mississippi Beef Processors and has found no wrongdoing by any elected official.
2. Here's my question: WHY HASN'T THE GOVERNOR APPOINTED A PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT? Given the current state of utilities, the encroaching winter days and skyrocketing energy costs, it seems logical that the coast would be well-served to have someone in place to regulate and assist the energy companies.
Companies seek millions - The Clarion-Ledger:
Mississippi electric companies requested millions from state lawmakers Wednesday hoping to minimize anticipated rate increases in the wake Hurricane Katrina.

The House Ways and Means Committee approved an unprecedented plan that would allow Mississippi Power and Entergy Mississippi to borrow money - using the state's name and low interest rate - to cover the estimated $362 million in losses from the Aug. 29 storm.
3. The Legislature has approved more funds for the new voter machine project.
More voting machine funds if Barbour signs legislation - djournal.com:
JACKSON - Legislation has been sent to Gov. Haley Barbour to provide $6 million more to help Mississippi's 82 counties purchase more voting machines.

The legislation, which originated in the House, was passed Monday by the Senate with no dissenting votes.

Senate Elections Committee chairman Terry Burton, R-Newton, said the $6 million will be used to replace anticipated federal funds that Congress never appropriated. New federal legislation placed mandates on the states, such as additional access for the disabled and voting machines that cut down on voter error.

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