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State to waive city's audits

BAY ST. LOUIS — Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill giving the City of Bay St. Louis a waiver on two years’ worth of required state audits because records were lost to Hurricane Katrina. The city will get a waiver on state-required audits for the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years because officials said when Katrina hit, the city was ...

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Settlement reached in dam-breaking case

LAMAR COUNTY — A $1.1-million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit stemming from the 2004 collapse of Big Bay Lake Dam. The Hattiesburg American reports the settlement was reached March 25 after a two-hour conference between the attorneys for 123 plaintiffs and those representing Land Partners Limited Partnership and Big Bay Lake Inc. Officials said $1.1 million will be ...

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Coast city asking for audit waiver

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Legislature is considering a request from Bay St. Louis for a waiver on state-required audits for the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years because city officials said important financial records were lost to Hurricane Katrina. City Clerk David Kolf said when Katrina hit the city was working on its 2004 audit, and had not yet done ...

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Barbour vetoes wind pool bill

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has vetoed a wind pool bill because he says it is unnecessary. The bill did not include any money. It would’ve added two years to a plan that diverted $20 million in insurance premium tax revenues into the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association Reinsurance Assistance Fund, commonly called the wind pool. The original diversion was signed ...

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TVA expects to have ash spill cleaned up in May

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) top executive says the cleanup of coal ash spilled into the Emory River in East Tennessee will “probably” be finished by mid-May. Tom Kilgore told the utility’s board members meeting in Bristol that he is pleased with the progress of the river cleanup. About 2.2 million cubic yards of coal ash have ...

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Time running out on farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many acres of Mississippi crops remain in the fields, but now most of what is left has no market value and will not be harvested. Nearly all the state’s corn crop was harvested by Nov. 8, but large percentages of the other row crops were still in the fields. Historically, harvest of the state’s corn, cotton, soybeans, ...

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County joins NFIP

CHOCTAW COUNTY — Choctaw County has joined the 303 Mississippi communities allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reports. The availability of the flood insurance follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Residents of Choctaw County will be able to ...

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