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Report: Primary insurers to bear most of Isaac-related losses

NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings says it anticipates losses related to Isaac will be largely borne by primary insurers, but estimates remain uncertain. Fitch wrote: “Though Isaac carries significant threat, new flood control systems built post-Katrina are expected to limit the surge from Isaac in the New Orleans region. “Catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide reported an initial estimate of industry insured ...

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MEMA gives update on Isaac's impact on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Hurricane Isaac has slowed in the Gulf and continues to send torrential rains over already rain-soaked areas throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates given at 7 a.m. this morning by MEMA: • Shelters: 31 shelters across the ...

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Entergy shuts down nuke plant ahead of Isaac

KILLONA, La. — Entergy Corp. says it shut down one of its three nuclear power plants because of the approach of Hurricane Isaac, but two others remain in operation. The New Orleans-based power company says the Waterford 3 plant in Killona, La., will be powered-up after the storm passes. The plant is about 20 miles west of New Orleans in ...

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DOE reports graduation rate up, dropouts down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state is seeing an increase in its graduation rate and a slight decrease in its dropout rate, according to new figures released today by the state Department of Education. The figures also show small improvements in student performance on state standardized tests. The state’s graduation rate rose to 73.7 percent from last year’s rate of 71.4 ...

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Troubled Delta highway project back underway

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Work is resuming on a four-lane project to link Cleveland and Ruleville. The work on Mississippi 8 has hits some snags since 2009. Kevin Magee, a Mississippi Department of Transportation engineer, tells the Bolivar Commercial problems with rain, drought and contractors are no longer issues. Magee said the final phase of the project has been awarded to ...

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Indiana farm linked to salmonella-tainted melons

OWENSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. Salmonella collected from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Ind., matches the “DNA fingerprint” of the salmonella strain responsible for sickening 178 ...

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