Posts Tagged ‘disaster relief’

Offsets needed for Palazzo hypocrisy on Hurricane Sandy relief

by MBJ Staff Published: January 11,2013

Tags: disaster relief, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Steven Palazzo

That’s Mississippi, always looking out for the rest of us. So goes the cynical commentary after two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo embarrassed Mississippi with his vote last week against federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. As the national media has been quick to point out, Palazzo is a taker but not much of a giver. Rep. […] [...]

Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. […] [...]

USDA declares disaster area from historic flood

by Wally Northway Published: June 11,2010

Tags: agriculture, disaster recovery, disaster relief, natural disaster, Weather

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Tennessee as a natural disaster area due to excessive rainfall, flooding and flash flooding began April 30 and continues. Four contiguous Mississippi counties are also included in the declaration. The Mississippi counties are Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah. The Tennessee counties […] [...]

Congressional delegation pushing storm relief

by Wally Northway Published: May 11,2010

Tags: disaster recovery, disaster relief, natural disaster

WASHINGTON — Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation have again rallied to support the State of Mississippi’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid victims of floods and tornadoes that tore through North Mississippi earlier this month. The entire delegation sent President Obama a letter endorsing the disaster declaration application submitted by Gov. Haley […] [...]

Storm victims offered MEMA cottages

by Wally Northway Published: May 10,2010

Tags: disaster recovery, disaster relief, housing, natural disaster, real estate

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says it has cottages available for sale to survivors of last month’s deadly tornado who cannot afford to rebuild in eight counties designated as disaster areas. The tornado spawned by the April 24 severe weather killed 10 people in the state. Officials say the cottages are available […] [...]

Barbour seeks disaster declaration

by Associated Press Published: May 10,2010

Tags: disaster recovery, disaster relief, natural disaster, Weather

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Obama Administration to declare six north Mississippi disaster areas following severe weather that killed six in the state. A declaration would give residents and business owners access to federal government assistance programs. The severe weather system spawned two tornadoes and heavy rain on May 1-2. Several […] [...]

Farmers finally see hope for disaster relief

by Wally Northway Published: March 21,2010

Tags: ag disaster, disaster relief, mississippi farmers, sweet potato, sweet potatoes

Federal and state aid possible for producers Just a handful of weeks ago, it looked as if Mississippi’s farming community would see no assistance to offset the severe crop losses suffered last year. They were looking at swallowing losses estimated at nearly $500 million — the worst loss in a half-century — on their own. […] [...]

Cochran co-sponsors interest-waiving bill

by Wally Northway Published: March 16,2010

Tags: Cochran, Congress, disaster loans, disaster relief, Katrina

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would offer assistance to small businesses on the Gulf Coast by waiving interest payments on disaster-related loans issued after recent hurricanes. Cochran is cosponsoring the Southeast Hurricanes Small Business Disaster Relief Act (S.2986), which would direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a disaster […] [...]

Sweet potato growers could see state aid

by Associated Press Published: March 12,2010

Tags: agriculture, disaster relief, Legislature, sweet potatoes

JACKSON — The state Senate has passed a bill to establish a fund to provide loans to sweet potato farmers, many of whom lost much of their crop last year because of the unusually heavy rains during harvest time. Under the bill, a sweet potato farmer could apply for a 2.5 percent interest rate loan. […] [...]

Senate passes disaster relief for farmers

by Wally Northway Published: March 11,2010

Tags: agriculture, Congress, disaster recovery, disaster relief

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has passed important provisions introduced by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) as well as Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to provide timely disaster assistance to producers facing severe crop loss from last fall’s heavy rains and floods. Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) has led the effort to pass disaster […] [...]

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