After leaving for New Orleans two years ago, Chiquita Banana is coming back to the State Port at Gulfport. The return is welcome news to the Mississippi port, which has struggled since losing Chiquita. MPB's Evelina Burnett spoke with Darius Johnson, president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local 1303. Members of that union work the docks at Gulfport. Johnson says Chiquita is welcome back.
A new state law is taking Mississippi's tax seizure system to the internet. The law allows online bidding for properties seized for over due taxes. But it's drawing criticism in Hinds County. Critics say Mississippians will be bidding for properties against people from all fifty states. Realtor Phyllis Parker tells MPB's Desare Frazier the law could have a negative impact.
The clean coal power plant being built by Mississippi Power in Kemper County has an international reputation by now -- but not the one the company wants. More than two years behind schedule and more than four billion dollars over budget, the plant has yet to come online. Once viewed as the hope for a cleaner energy future for the world, the plant is now awash in uncertainty and scrutiny. An article published this week in the New York Times took an in-depth look at the plant. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with Ian Urbina -- investigative reporter and author of the piece. He says the article is a deep dive on the Kemper County plant.
Author and Mississippi resident Ace Atkins has written nineteen novels. A former crime reporter and football star at Auburn University, Atkins' new novel, The Innocents, follows Quinn Colson -- a former Mississippi sheriff and Army Ranger. Back in his hometown of Jericho, Mississippi, Colson finds himself uncovering nasty mysteries -- and wondering who he can trust. Atkins tells us he made the leap to full-time author more than 15 years ago.