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IRS extends tax deadlines for businesses in Gulf counties hit by Isaac

  Taxpayers who live in or have a business in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties have been been granted specific tax deadline relief based on declaration of the Mississippi counties as federal disaster areas in the wake of hurricane Issac. Certain deadlines falling on or after Aug. 26, and on or before Jan. 11, 2013, have been postponed ...

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Music and seafood take stage for Biloxi festival this weekend

Seafood will be served up by the tub full and be accompanied by a full day and evening of music when the 31st annual Biloxi Seafood Festival gets under way Saturday and Sunday at the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. Here’s Saturday’s music lineup: 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Band Noon-2 p.m. Back Alley ...

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Could Isaac return to Gulf? Forecasters watching closely

GULF OF MEXICO — A remnant of Hurricane Isaac, drawn back to the Gulf of Mexico after an odyssey through the Midwest, hovered yesterday off the Gulf Coast. Meteorologist Shawn O’Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell, La., called it the “spawn of Isaac.” This morning, the National Weather Service in Jackson reports the broad area of low pressure ...

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Officials report best wild turkey hatch in a decade

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Near-perfect conditions have produced the best turkey hatch in 10 years, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. July observations indicate that “in 2014, we ought to have a tremendous season,” particularly in southwest Mississippi, said Wild Turkey Program coordinator Dave Godwin. The last solid overall statewide hatch was about in 2002, Godwin said. ...

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Rains from Isaac raise river, but don't offer long-term relief

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could help the drought-stricken Mississippi River, but experts say it’s not enough for long-term relief. The Mississippi River is lower than it has been in years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busy trying to keep barge traffic flowing on the vital shipping channel. Marty Pope, a hydrologist ...

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West Nile virus claims two more lives

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus. Health officials say both deaths were in Rankin County, and the new cases were reported in Calhoun (2), Copiah (1), Hinds (1), Lamar (1), Lauderdale (1), Madison (2), Marion (1), Pearl River (1), Rankin (6), Warren ...

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Officials pumping out water in effort to save crumbling dam

LAMAR COUNTY — Officials are using pumps to drop water levels in an earthen dam at the southern end of the Lake Serene system in Lamar County near Hattiesburg that was damaged by the heavy rains of Hurricane Isaac. More than a foot of rain that fell in the area last week saturated the barrier between Oak Grove and Stump ...

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Amtrak service on Coast to remain suspended

GULF COAST — Most Amtrak service to and from New Orleans has been restored following Hurricane Isaac, but the City of New Orleans’ service in Mississippi and Louisiana, remains suspended through Friday. The City of New Orleans, a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans, will continue to terminate and originate in Memphis, rather than in New Orleans, at least ...

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Weathered oil washes up on beaches; could be from BP spill

GULF COAST — Weathered oil in the form of tar has washed up on some Louisiana beaches from Gulf waters churned by Hurricane Isaac, prompting restrictions of fishing in some waters and tests to determine whether the source is submerged oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. “I’d say there’s a smoking gun,” said Garret Graves, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top ...

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