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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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Law firm cutting ties with paper, storage

By LISA MONTI Paperwork is an occupational hazard for lawyers, whether they’re jotting down notes on those iconic legal pads or creating case files that grow thicker with each appeal and motion. In a shift away from paper and toward electronic documents, Baker Donelson this year launched a pilot program named PaperLite in its Jackson office. Though the law firm has ...

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THE GULF COAST’S BIG CATCH — A boatload of projects — including aquarium — get OK from ecosystem restoration council

By BECKY GILLETTE The Gulf Coast received an early Christmas present in the form of the announcements of significant economic development and environmental restoration projects when the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE) met last week and approved major projects such as a $17 million aquarium that will have wide-ranging benefits across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “The council’s approval of the ...

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Agency announces $50M grant to restore wildlife habitat

The United States Department of Agriculture says it will give about $50 million to help agricultural producers who want to restore and protect wildlife habitat for seven species, including the gopher tortoise in Mississippi. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release Monday that it’ll invest about $3.4 million on habitat restoration for the pine forest-dwelling gopher ...

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Last defendant pleads not guilty in major BP fraud case

GULFPORT — The last of seven defendants in a BP claims fraud case, 33-year-old Thi Houng Le, has pleaded not guilty to 95 felony charges. The Sun Herald reports Le was represented in U.S. District Court on Monday by Public Defender John Weber because, she said, she could not afford an attorney. Weber said he has been representing the Grand ...

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Oyster season set by commissioners

By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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