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Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up […] [...]

Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and […] [...]

Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who […] [...]

Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency […] [...]

Governor could call special session for tornado recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking yesterday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has […] [...]

Free tetanus shots being offered to storm victims

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tetanus vaccinations are being offered free to all residents in storm-affected counties. The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it has been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. Residents and first responders involved in storm cleanup are at greater […] [...]

Officials begin looking toward post-tornado future

WINSTON COUNTY — Rescuers were still looking for people missing after last Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding its health care system after the twister shattered its hospital and […] [...]

Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available as death toll climbs to 14

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet says the SBA is ready to assist businesses after the announcement of the presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Mississippi affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from last Monday’s storms. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne […] [...]

Chaney orders expansion of efforts to meet storm victims’ needs

JACKSON — Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is expanding the efforts of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) and State Fire Marshal’s Office in assisting victims of Monday’s storms. Chaney and his staff visited Richland, Pearl, Brandon, Louisville and Tupelo Tuesday to assess damage, and he has ordered extra personnel in place […] [...]

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