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Herrington drops out of District 4 congressional race

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Democrats plan to choose a new nominee to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in the Nov. 6 general election. Democratic chairman Rickey Cole tells The Associated Press that Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg has filed papers to withdraw from the 4th District race in the southern part of the state. Herrington won the party nomination in March ...

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Capital City faces huge bill, EPA fine for neglected sewer system

JACKSON — After decades of neglecting its sewer system, the city of Jackson soon will face a staggering bill to rebuild it properly. The Jackson City Council could authorize soon a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency in which the city would agree to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on sewer upgrades and pay a sizable fine for violating ...

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Justice Department objects to school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has objected to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The Bolivar Commercial reports the Justice Department filed the objection this past month with the U.S. District Court. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith ...

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Company guarantees city 80% reduction in mosquitoes

NATCHEZ and MADISON — A Madison company says that if Natchez hires it for full mosquito control, it can guarantee an 80 percent reduction in the number of mosquitoes. Mayor Butch Brown asked Brett Killingsworth of Vector Disease Control International to submit proposals from the most basic surveillance plan to the full integrated control plan, the Natchez Democrat reported. Greenville, ...

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MEMA: Assessing damage from Isaac 'slow, tedious'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi officials say assessing damages from Hurricane Isaac is a tedious task that will take time. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent says electricity had been restored to all but a few hundred structures in the state by today. Three shelters remained open this morning, housing 26 people in Forrest, Hinds and Jackson counties. Rent says ...

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Residents register for federal assistance in the wake of Isaac

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 4,325 people in four Mississippi counties have registered for federal individual assistance in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Residents of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties are eligible for temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. Emergency food stamp ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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Fish kill prompts closure of Bayou Casotte industrial area

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have issued a fishing and water contact closure for Bayou Casotte and the adjacent waters of the Mississippi Sound within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the bayou. The agencies say staff investigated a fish kill in Bayou Casotte in Jackson County on Sunday ...

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Federal appeals panel returns lawsuit over redistricting

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A federal appeals panel has sent back to a Mississippi judge lawsuits challenging the failure of 11 Mississippi counties to redraw supervisor district lines in time for the 2011 election. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled since elections were held while the lawsuits were pending the issues raised by the plaintiffs may be moot, meaning ...

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City sees record 22 inches of rain from Isaac

PICAYUNE — Officials say 22 inches of rain has fallen in Picayune over a three-day period from Hurricane Isaac. City engineer Brooks Wallace tells the Picayune Item the rain unleashed by Isaac was the heaviest downpours ever recorded in city. Rain began late last Tuesday and ended early last Friday. Perhaps the hardest-hit area was in west Picayune. Many homes ...

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