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Supervisors approve site plan for ‘hurricane super shelter’

NATCHEZ — The Adams County hurricane super shelter is on its final step of approval. The Natchez Democrat reports the Natchez Planning Commission has approved the site plan for the $3.25-million FEMA 361 shelter that will be located near the Steckler Multi-purpose Building at Natchez High School. The plans will now be sent for approval […] [...]

Senator ‘misspoke’ when comparing Sandy to Katrina

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday he misspoke when he suggested in a Senate speech that damage from Superstorm Sandy was worse than that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a short statement released by his office, the Nevada Democrat said he “simply misspoke” in comments Friday criticizing House Republicans for […] [...]

City awards contract for harbor project; repairs piers

PASS CHRISTIAN —The city of Pass Christian has awarded a $13.8 million contract for the final phase of its harbor expansion project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen awarded the contract to Silverton Construction of Jackson. Mayor Chipper McDermott says work on the 10-month contract is expected to begin immediately since Silverton […] [...]

Entergy raising rates; cites storm, fuel costs, acquisitions

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi customers will see a rate increase of about 5 percent in early 2013, according to the utility. The typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh will pay $95.63 in January and $99.71 in February. For comparison, in February 2012, the typical customer paid $95.08 per 1,000 kWh of electricity. “Electricity rates are […] [...]

Communities in race with deadline to spend Katrina money

VICKSBURG — Warren County and Vicksburg want to decide before the end of 2012 on how to spend a remaining $1.75 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery money. The Vicksburg Post reports the money runs out in 2013. The county got $3.8 million in 2008 to clean drainage ditches inside Vicksburg. Warren County was among 49 […] [...]

Ladners sentenced for Katrina-related kickback scheme

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager and his wife and brothers have been sentenced to prison in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. The Sea Coast Echo reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport sentenced Roger Ladner, the former road manager, to five years during a hearing yesterday. Ladner also […] [...]

Ladners to be sentenced for Katrina-related kickbacks

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager and his wife and brothers are scheduled for sentencing today in the Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Prosecutors say Roger Ladner was given the authority to award millions of dollars in ditch-cleaning contracts after Katrina. Some allegedly went to his relatives with a portion of […] [...]

Cochran wants White House to support federal disaster law changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking Obama administration officials to support changing federal disaster laws that draw out recovery work following major disasters. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing on Hurricane Sandy response and recovery issues. The hearing occurred as congressional appropriations panels await […] [...]

Contractor, city settle Katrina cleanup-related lawsuit

WAVELAND — A lawsuit against Waveland filed by a contractor who claimed the city owes it $1.36 million for post-Hurricane Katrina cleanup work has been dismissed. The Sea Coast Echo reports according to paperwork filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, T.C.B. Construction of Poplarville and city agreed to dismiss the suit. T.C.B. sued the city […] [...]

Auditor: USM should repay post-Katrina funding

LONG BEACH — A federal auditor says FEMA should demand the return of $5.3 million of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction money from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General says it reviewed $12.2 million of the $41.1 million that USM received to rebuild its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach following […] [...]

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