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MDEQ, DMR to administer oil spill-relief program

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) have been asked by Gov. Haley Barbour to administer the $25-million Mississippi British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Response Block Grant Program on behalf of county and municipal governments in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. This program will reimburse local governments for their ...

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Resolving Katrina overpayments could take a year

PEARL — The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says all entities that may have been overpaid Hurricane Katrina grant money have been contacted, but he says it could take up to a year to resolve the issue. A March audit from the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Homeland Security said that MEMA overpaid $18 million ...

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Sweet potato farmer assistance approved

JACKSON — A new law says Mississippi can provide up to $17 million in loan guarantees to sweet potato farmers. Gov. Haley Barbour signed the loan bill March 24, and it became law immediately. The Mississippi Development Authority can extend the loan guarantees to sweet potato farmers who had disaster-related losses in 2009. Those seeking the state aid must apply ...

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Cellular South offers service to aid Chileans

RIDGELAND — Cellular South is making it easy for customers to help earthquake-ravaged victims in Chile by sending a text message from their mobile device to support the Red Cross International Relief Fund efforts. To donate $10 to the Red Cross relief efforts, customers can type the word “CHILE” and send it to “90999” via text message from their mobile ...

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City facing disaster loan payback

D’IBERVILLE — The city’s success since Hurricane Katrina could mean D’Iberville will have to repay all or part of a $1.6-million federal disaster loan. City Manager Michael Janus told the Council March 2 that the loan may not be forgiven because the city has seen revenue climb since Hurricane Katrina. Loans totaling more than $1.2 billion were provided by FEMA ...

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Dairy farmers getting federal aid

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has implemented the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. Milk prices declined substantially through early-to-mid-2009, with the national price for milk averaging $16.80 per hundredweight (cwt.) in the fourth quarter of 2008 and averaging ...

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Disaster loan deadline nears

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding small businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred from March 25-28 that Jan. 19, 2010, is the filing deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in Jackson, George, Harrison and Stone counties are eligible to apply for SBA Economic Injury ...

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