FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, workers vehicles fill the parking lots at Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility near DeKalb, Miss. Southern Co. earnings slumped 52 percent to

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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, workers vehicles fill the parking lots at Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility near DeKalb, Miss. Southern Co. earnings slumped 52 percent to $297 million in the second quarter due mainly to cost overruns at the coal-fired power plant under construction in Mississippi, the company reported Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The utility, based in Atlanta, reported earnings of $297 million, or 34 cents per share, from $623 million, or 71 cents per share, a year ago. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) less 

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