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People in Mississippi prep for Isaac, remember Katrina

LONG BEACH — Brenda Johns and her neighbor, Willie Shook, took time Monday to pray that Tropical Storm Isaac won’t deal the devastating blow that Hurricane Katrina did. Then they got busy boarding up their homes. The women are two of only three people who built back on their street in the quiet coastal town of Long Beach after Katrina ...

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Millsaps hosting 40 University of New Orleans athletes seeking refuge from Isaac

With Tropical Storm Isaac barreling down on the Louisiana gulf Coast and forecasters projecting that New Orleans will bear the brunt of Isaac’s effects when it makes landfall early Wednesday morning as a hurricane, UNO is evacuating 40 athletes to Millsaps University in Jackson. The athletes will be joined by several Privateer coaches, UNO police officers, and representatives from the ...

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Hood: State of emergency does not prompt price-gauging law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has released a statement informing Mississippians included in the designated emergency impact area created by Issac that the current state of emergency does not allow his office to enforce the price gouging statute. “A state of emergency alone does not establish our ability to enforce the price gouging statute,” said Hood.  “The governor must ...

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Corn prices high, but low river remains huge concern

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The drought across the nation’s Corn Belt is contributing to record high grain prices and near-record low river levels, both of which are impacting Mississippi’s corn. Corn prices are at $8 per bushel and have been trading in that range for the past couple of weeks. This is compared to about $5.20 per bushel at the start ...

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Tri-County Contractors wins flood control project

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently awarded phase two of the Steele Bayou Channel Relocation to Tri-County Contractors Inc. of Jackson. The work is part of the flood control efforts in the Yazoo River Basin and will consist of constructing the Steele Bayou channel relocation in the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County. ...

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MSU researchers create new forest inventory system

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center have created the Mississippi Forest Monitoring and Information System, a forest inventory and information system that combines satellite remote sensing data and ground surveys. It is the first time forest-related satellite data and ground measurements have been combined on such a large scale in the United States. “The ...

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Verizon ranks tops in state in J.D. Power poll

JACKSON — When it comes to network quality in Mississippi, Verizon Wireless ranks highest among U.S. wireless providers, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, Volume 2. The Southeast region includes the Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. The J.D. Power and Associates study measured network quality among all U.S. ...

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Governor urging Coast residents to flee; toll-free number available

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant is urging people in low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast to evacuate for Isaac, which is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the state, even if the center of the storm comes ashore in Louisiana. Bryant said during a briefing today in Gulfport that 1,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen ...

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Grounded barge forces another closing of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Another barge grounding near Greenville has closed the Mississippi River to shipping. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Robert Anderson said a barge ran past buoys marking the shipping channel Saturday evening. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said yesterday it was refloated, but vessel traffic was not expected to resume before today. He said the corps was ...

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Court denies AG's motion to remand Entergy case to Chancery

JACKSON — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has denied the state attorney general’s motion to remand a lawsuit against Entergy Mississippi Inc. and other Entergy companies to state Chancery Court, according to Entergy. Under the ruling, the lawsuit will continue to be addressed by the U.S. District Court. “We’re pleased with the ruling, but we ...

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