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USDA releases disaster recovery funding for Isaac, floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports Mississippi will receive more than $6.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support recovery from recent natural disasters. The USDA has approved Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funding to assist in the recovery from damages incurred during Hurricane Isaac and flooding in 2012, as ...

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MDMR pushing for change after red snapper season ruling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) says it wants changes to the federal government’s setting of the red snapper fishing season in the Gulf. In a press release dated June 5, 2013, NOAA Fisheries modified the 2013 recreational red snapper season in federal waters from the previously announced 34 days to only 28 days. The ...

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Senators back bill aimed at EPA's guidance policy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have renewed their fight to halt the Environmental Protection Agency from using regulatory guidance to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act. Cochran and Wicker are cosponsoring the Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act (S.1006), which would prevent the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from ...

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Judge rules against NOAA in red snapper dispute

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge says federal regulators used a false claim of emergency to cut the federal season for red snapper off of Texas and Louisiana, and did so to punish those states for setting seasons and limits beyond federal limits. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas, overturned the emergency rule under which the National Oceanic ...

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GPO expands Coast operations, adds TTP cards

HANCOCK COUNTY — The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has expanded operations at its secure production facility on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center to include smart card production. GPO opened the facility in 2008 as a second location to produce passports for the Department of State and since that time has produced 19 million passports at the facility. ...

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Concrete testing company to plead guilty to defrauding NASA, Corps

DIAMONDHEAD — A company hired to perform concrete-strength tests at Stennis Space Center in 2011 is scheduled to accept a plea agreement to making false statements on jobs performed for NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Sun Herald reports court records show Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories, LLC, once based in Diamondhead, has notified federal court of its ...

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New VA director trying to recover hospital's reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were piling up as employees and ...

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MSU cyber operations education earns federal designation

STARKVILLE — The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command have designated Mississippi State University as a Center of Academic Excellence in cyber operations. The certification comes after a rigorous, two-year application process by faculty in the departments of computer science and engineering (CSE) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE). David A. Dampier, a professor of computer science and engineering ...

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After verdict, doctor asks for his medical license back

COLUMBUS — Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients. Through his attorney, the 62-year-old White filed a complaint in April against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. A federal court set July 9 for a response. In his complaint, White notes that he voluntarily turned in his DEA license in October 2011 while ...

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Federal regulator orders limo company to cease interstate service

OXFORD — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC to immediately cease it s interstate passenger service. This follows a finding by a team of specially trained investigators that the Oxford-based company’s two motor coaches used for its interstate operations were unsafe and that drivers were not properly screened or ...

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