WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.
*Entergy and ITC continue transaction approval process with Mississippi public. *Itc says Mississippi public service commission to spin off Mississippi. electric transmission business, merge it into unit of ITC.
JACKSON, Miss.-- A woman suing a south Mississippi city for her arrest while protesting the BP oil spill has filed a new complaint that claims she was arrested again for no reason in retaliation for the lawsuit. Sandra Howard sued the city of Long Beach and officers Shawn Johnson and Melissa Peterson on Nov. 18, 2011.
Phil Bryant is renewing his focus on promoting energy-related development. He said Mississippi should focus on energy development because it has natural advantages in the area and because the field produces high-paying jobs. "Most energy jobs pay twice the average household income in Mississippi," the governor said.
Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BBB' investment grade debt ratings and Issuer Default Ratings of The Mosaic Company. Demand will be enhanced by the drought and heat damage to this season's crops, particularly in the U.S. but also in Russia and India.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A study ranks Wyoming among the least energy-efficient states in the nation. The study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Wyoming 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
ARLINGTON, Ala.-- A small company won a $10 million federal grant to expand wireless service in one of Alabama's most isolated regions, a five-county area west of Montgomery where it's sometimes impossible to make a cellphone call.
Oct 4- Rupert Murdoch conceded defeat this week in his battle with Google and the Internet, an adversary even more powerful than the British government. Coincidentally, News Corp, Murdoch's holding company, announced the departure of its chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller.
Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.
Oct 3- The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.
PORT GIBSON, Miss.-- Entergy Corp. has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Miss., after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed.
OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse, typically with a shield or by sloping or benching the soil.
_ ALASKA: Governor's proposed oil tax cuts failed to gain approval. _ FLORIDA: Oil production taxes reduced to offset technological costs of extraction. _ IDAHO: Replaced an existing oil tax with a 2.5 percent conservation tax on the market value of all oil and gas produced.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Three Tennessee employees have sued Wal-Mart claiming they lost pay and promotion opportunities because they are women. The Barrett Johnston law firm said the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Nashville, is the third of its kind against Wal-Mart since 2011..
HOUSTON, Oct 1- Entergy Corp and ITC Holdings Corp took another step to advance Entergy's $1.78 billion plan to spin off its electric transmission business, late last week.
Barrett, president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., in Montgomery, Ala., was elected during the group's meeting in Naples on Monday. The new treasurer is Gregg K. Jones, president and CEO of Jones Media in Greeneville, Tenn. He's co-publisher of The Greenville Sun.
Oct 1- U.S. egg supplier Cal-Maine Foods Inc. Cal-Maine posted a first-quarter profit of $9.4 million, or 39 cents per share, up from $3.1 million, or $13 cents per share, a year earlier. Jackson, Mississippi- based Cal-Maine's shares closed at $44.94 on Friday on the Nasdaq.