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Musicians ‘Band Together’ for tornado relief

May 27, 2014

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As residents of Tupelo rebuild their lives following the tornado that devastated the city, they will be offered a little music to brighten their day. A group of citizens has banded together to host a benefit concert for the Northeast Mississippi tornado relief efforts. The “Band Together” benefit concert will be held June 5 at […]

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Grant to create up to 420 tornado recovery jobs

May 16, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The U.S. Labor Department is sending up to $6 million to Mississippi to pay for unemployed people to help with recovery and cleanup from the April 28 tornadoes. The money, being sent to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, could create as many as 420 temporary jobs. The federal government said Friday […]

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Survey: Losses from late April storms could reach $1B

May 8, 2014

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According to a report from a global reinsurance firm, the late April storm system that caused widespread damage and fatalities in Mississippi and 19 other states could be the world’s first billion-dollar storm of 2014. Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development center at Chicago-based Aon Benfield, has released the latest edition of its monthly Global […]

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State officials watching gathering storm clouds

April 28, 2014

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Emergency management personnel statewide are watching the skies, hoping that the Magnolia State doesn’t see the devastation and fatalities already recorded from a robust storm system that is making its way here. The official tally so far is 16 dead in Arkansas and one dead in Oklahoma from strong tornadoes. The tornado in Arkansas left […]

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‘Drop, cover and hold on’ during upcoming ShakeOut

October 15, 2013

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While the earth may not move Oct. 17, officials are asking Mississippians to pretend that it does. Mississippi is one of 10 states taking part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will begin at 10:17 a.m. During the drill, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says millions of people will simultaneously […]

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State’s peanut harvest tops the nation

October 28, 2011

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Back in the summer, the peanut industry was facing a crisis. The extended drought had affected nearly half of the state’s peanut growers, and they were looking at a bad, perhaps disastrous, year. But, the same September rains from Tropical Storm Lee that saved pecan growers turned the season around for peanut farmers. Instead of […]

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Pecan growers enjoy another ‘nutty’ year

October 28, 2011

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It has been good times of late for Mississippi’s pecan producers. And, the optimism just keeps growing. Boosted by increased demand, tight supply and corresponding high market prices while dodging some of the weather-related losses many of the state’s other agriculture commodities have suffered over the last few years, 2011 is shaping up to be […]

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Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state’s oysters

June 19, 2011

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Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. The historic Mississippi River flood has dumped so much freshwater into the Mississippi Sound that scientists are concerned that there will […]

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Is Toyota plant going to be put on hold again?

March 24, 2011

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By Wally Northway It could be that production at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Blue Springs is going to be delayed — again — this time due to the March 14 earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Yesterday, Toyota released a statement saying it had “communicated to team members, associates and dealers (in North America) that some production […]

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