Regulators weigh Kemper plant’s future

Key players involved with the Kemper County energy facility project, including energy corporations to environmental groups, presented arguments to state utility regulators that will determine the future of the plant

Jackson, Gulfport named among 2017 neediest cities

Mississippi’s two largest cities are among the neediest cities in the country, a recent WalletHub study says. The study looks at more than 180 of the most populated U.S. cities. Jackson is ranked No. 5 for neediness after Detroit, Newark, Memphis and Cleveland, OH. Neediness is defined by high levels economic disadvantage, according to the study released Wednesday.

Lakeland Drive project completion should ease traffic flow

One of the busiest stretches of roadway in the state should see less congestion thanks to a part of Lakeland Drive opening all its six lanes Monday. The Highway 25/Lakeland Drive expansion project, which began construction in 2015, adds additional lanes on both sides of Lakeland stretching between Airport and Grants Ferry Roads. The project also expands a bridge over Flowood Drive and improves major intersection configurations, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The Mississippi Legislature in 2014 assigned $10 million out of MDOT’s budget to the project. Byram-based Superior Asphalt Inc. started project construction in October 2015 under a roughly $36.3 million contract.