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MDA has alternative fuel vehicle loan funds available

By BECKY GILLETTE Currently the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has about $225,000 available in the Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving Loan Program dedicated to help fund the purchase of new alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and/or the infrastructure necessary to run these vehicles. The Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving (AFV) Loan ...

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Offshore revenue-sharing: $188M to 4 states, coast counties

Four Gulf of Mexico states and their coastal counties are getting nearly $188 million in revenue-sharing funds as the offshore leasing area s involved expand. The money must be used for coastal conservation, restoration and hurricane protection. An Interior Department news release Thursday says Louisiana is getting a total of about $82 million, with more than $50 million going to Texas, nearly $28 million to Mississippi ...

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Power surge leaves town operating water system by hand

MARION, Miss. — A power surge caused by a storm has forced a Mississippi town to operate its water system by hand. Marion Mayor Elvis Hudson tells WTOK-TV that he has been checking the system once every hour since the Saturday storm. Hudson compares hand operating the system to hand cranking a car. Hudson says a crew has been requested from Jackson ...

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Feds: Gulf states manage red snapper anglers for 2 years

States on the Gulf of Mexico can set recreational seasons this year and next for red snapper, a popular catch that’s still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing, the federal government said. The experimental permits will let Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Texas track the catch, with each state closing its season when it reaches its quota, according to a Commerce ...

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Mississippi tributary called nation’s most endangered river

An environmental organization identified a tributary of the Mississippi River on Tuesday as the nation’s most endangered river of 2018 after a retiring senator revived a decades-old flood drainage plan.A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to curb flooding in Mississippi’s delta region threatens the Big Sunflower River and 200,000 acres (80,938 hectares) of surrounding wetlands, American Rivers said.The project ...

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DeepWell buys Boots Smith Oilfield Services

By JACK WEATHERLY DeepWell Energy Services of Columbia has announced acquisition of Boots Smith Oilfield Services LLC of Laurel. The acquisition will make DeepWell the largest provider of transportation, rig moving and site preparation in the United States, it said in a release. The combination of the two companies will increase the DeepWell work force to 1,500 with estimated 2018 ...

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EPA names Mississippi stamping plant as Superfund site

Federal officials want to put a polluted north Mississippi industrial site on the national Superfund list for cleanup. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed the Rockwell International Wheel & Trim site in Grenada to the list, making it eligible for long-term cleanup funding. Ohio-based Ice Industries now operates part of the 40-acre complex as Grenada Stamping. The industrial ...

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Environmental landscaping can result in both attractive properties and more profits

By BECKY GILLETTE As the name suggests, environmental landscaping is about the design of urban landscapes in a way that benefits the natural environment by saving energy, conserving water and providing food and habitat for wildlife. Clay Stewart, CEO, Stewart Environmental Construction Inc, Tupelo, said initially both landscaping and environmental landscaping have many similarities in that you are using trees, ...

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Electronic recycling’s quandary

» High-tech waste can leave a negative impact on the environment By NASH NUNNERY It’s not always about owning the latest or greatest gadget – the economics of high-tech gadgetry encourages disposal. Discarding a still-useful electronic device for little or no reason has become status quo in recent years for many companies. Purchasing a new printer is ultimately cheaper than buying ...

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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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