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Delta State receives prestigious National Park Service award

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area recently received 2016 National Park Service Centennial Awards for creating the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership. The cultural heritage interpretation project has honored the lives of unsung Mississippi Delta church mothers featured in Alysia Burton Steele’s book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Invasive snakehead fish found for first time in Mississippi

An invasive fish has been documented for the first time in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a northern snakehead was caught Monday in Lake Whittington in Bolivar County. Nathan Aycock, a fisheries biologist with the department, says Cleveland bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman caught the snakehead in the oxbow lake. Aycock says the ...

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Mississippi River mayors: Paris pullout hurts US ag exports

Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says in a news release Friday that nations remaining in the Paris agreement will impose carbon pricing through taxes or trading systems, without any say from the United States. The group ...

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Mississippi shrimp season opens June 7

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2017-2018 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 7. All regulations of the MDMR will be in full force and effect, and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR before beginning ...

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Bryant announces creation of Ocean Task Force

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced the creation of the Ocean Task Force during a ceremonial executive order signing in Gulfport. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Naval Oceanography’s Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration at the Combat Readiness Training Center. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast is well-positioned to grow as a major unmanned maritime systems center as the result of an increased ...

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Cooper Tire Tupelo, Clarksdale Plants Recognized by MDEQ

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has recognized Cooper Tire’s Tupelo and Clarksdale plants as members of its environmental stewardship enHance initiative. A voluntary program consisting of three-year membership terms, the enHance initiative, which stands for “envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence,” recognizes committed environmental leaders in Mississippi that put in place environmental initiatives beyond those that are ...

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Farmers Alliance takes to road in battle against food deserts

By TED CARTER Sometimes two problems can come together to create a solution. In Mississippi, small farmers struggle to keep their land and make enough money to get by. And across the state, many rural communities and even some urban neighborhoods lack a means of buying fresh food. The farmers have the food and the people who live in the ...

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Oyster farmers learning the basics

By LISA MONTI Future farmers of oysters in Mississippi will be getting some lessons and hands-on training this summer on the fundamentals of oyster farming in neighboring Alabama. What they bring back and put into practice in coastal waters is designed to give Mississippi’s lagging oyster industry “a jumpstart,” said Jason Rider, oyster extension agent for the state Department of ...

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