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Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up to $20 million. However, officials ...

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Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who may not qualify for regular ...

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Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Initial estimates of ...

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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present. “My deepest sympathy goes ...

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Offsets needed for Palazzo hypocrisy on Hurricane Sandy relief

That’s Mississippi, always looking out for the rest of us. So goes the cynical commentary after two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo embarrassed Mississippi with his vote last week against federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. As the national media has been quick to point out, Palazzo is a taker but not much of a giver. Rep. Palazzo, as head of a ...

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Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. The Sun Herald says it ...

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USDA declares disaster area from historic flood

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Tennessee as a natural disaster area due to excessive rainfall, flooding and flash flooding began April 30 and continues. Four contiguous Mississippi counties are also included in the declaration. The Mississippi counties are Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah. The Tennessee counties are Benton, Fayette, Humphreys, Maury, ...

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Congressional delegation pushing storm relief

WASHINGTON — Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation have again rallied to support the State of Mississippi’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid victims of floods and tornadoes that tore through North Mississippi earlier this month. The entire delegation sent President Obama a letter endorsing the disaster declaration application submitted by Gov. Haley Barbour to the White House ...

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Storm victims offered MEMA cottages

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says it has cottages available for sale to survivors of last month’s deadly tornado who cannot afford to rebuild in eight counties designated as disaster areas. The tornado spawned by the April 24 severe weather killed 10 people in the state. Officials say the cottages are available to those living in Attala, ...

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