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MSU landscape architect honored

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation has named a Mississippi State landscape architecture associate professor Tim Schauwecker as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year. As a scientist in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Schauwecker recently helped one of the largest global automotive manufacturers take steps to benefit the environment. His work at Toyota Motor ...

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300 gallons of diesel spill at Port of Gulfport

Environmental officials say they expect no more problems after 300 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled at the state Port of Gulfport’s East Pier. About 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard was notified there had been a spill at the Gulfport Harbor. Lt. Elizabeth Tatum tells The Sun Herald the spill occurred during the transfer of fuel from a barge ...

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Southern Miss sets up new marine education, research program

The University of Southern Mississippi is hoping to step up its place in marine education and research with the formation of a new school. The School of Ocean Science and Technology, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the university including the ...

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Katrina whistleblower suit to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

By JACK WEATHERLY An appeal of a whistleblower suit ruling against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. over wind and flood damage linked to Hurricane Katrina will be heard, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday. The 5th  U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on July 13 reversed the U.S. District Court in Gulfport ruling denying the plaintiffs ...

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Grant given to finalize some plans for oil spill money

Mississippi has been awarded $1.4 million to finalize part of its Gulf restoration plans after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Director Gary Rickard says it’s the first grant awarded to any state under the federal RESTORE Act. The funding will be used to finish plans for projects using about 30 percent of the ...

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Impacts of BP oil spill continue

By BECKY GILLETTE The National Wildlife Federation report, 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and How We Can Restore the Gulf of Mexico, includes these key findings: *Nearly all of the populations of dolphins and whales in the oiled area were found to have demonstrable, quantifiable injuries. *In the five years after the disaster, more than ...

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BP oil spill settlement paves the way for recovery progress

By BECKY GILLETTE The Deepwater Horizon oil spill court settlement between BP and the government reached April 4—just a couple weeks before the sixth anniversary of the world’s largest oil spill disaster—opens the way for millions of dollars being allocated for projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast designed to compensate for the environmental damages. There are three different funding streams ...

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CLARKE REED — Will Attorney General Hood join the fight against the illegal carbon rule?

We have seen a steady expansion of federal power during President Barack Obama’s term in the White House. The latest example is the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Carbon Plan, a mandate that will effectively put the federal government in control of how Mississippi produces electricity which will cause prices to skyrocket.  Mississippi families in turn will be hard pressed ...

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City of Oxford to make room for food trucks

OXFORD — Oxford officials are considering an ordinance to help manage food carts and trucks to sell on the go. Assistant City Planner Ben Requet presented the ordinance to the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday for its first official hearing, according to The Oxford Eagle. A public hearing will be held in two weeks and the aldermen are expected to ...

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