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TVA holding meeting to discuss new CEO's authority

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is expected to have a special meeting today to discuss delegating authority to the utility’s new chief executive until it fills several vacancies on its board. The board is made up of nine members and five seats are pending congressional action, including one that’s up for reappointment. Congress is set to adjourn this ...

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Cochran wants White House to support federal disaster law changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking Obama administration officials to support changing federal disaster laws that draw out recovery work following major disasters. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing on Hurricane Sandy response and recovery issues. The hearing occurred as congressional appropriations panels await the administration’s request for supplemental ...

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Justice Department approves city's redistricting plan

SOUTHAVEN — The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Southaven’s redistricting plan to balance the six voting wards in the city to address population growth in the last decade. During yesterday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis announced that the justice department approved the plan that the city submitted in September. The plan reduces the ...

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Auditor: USM should repay post-Katrina funding

LONG BEACH — A federal auditor says FEMA should demand the return of $5.3 million of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction money from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General says it reviewed $12.2 million of the $41.1 million that USM received to rebuild its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach following the 2005 hurricane. FEMA officials ...

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Latham in D.C. discusses disaster recovery with lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director is making recommendations to Congress about streamlining the recovery process in large disasters. Robert Latham says after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi officials were frustrated that the federal government required separate environmental and historic preservation reviews for some projects. He says the duplicated efforts slowed recovery and a single review would ...

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Medicaid spokesman questions whether expansion will spur growth

JACKSON — A spokesman for Mississippi’s Medicaid program is questioning the notion that expanding the federal-state health insurance program is the way to spur economic growth. Francis X. Rullan says he’s speaking only for himself in this instance. But he says it’s not a good idea to base an economic development effort on the dependency of a large group of ...

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New report on Delta shows small businesses creating most jobs

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Locally-owned Delta small businesses have provided nearly all new net jobs over the past two decades, new private sector economic data released shows. The report is published in conjunction with Small Business Saturday and National Entrepreneurship Month. The new report, “Jobs and Small Businesses: Job creation and loss in the federally designated Delta region,” completed by the ...

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Federal judge to weigh Delta schools' desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge will hear arguments Dec. 11 in Oxford on proposals to desegregate two schools in the Cleveland School District. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School. The school system wanted to introduce magnet programs at both schools to help ...

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Hundreds removed from SNAP for bilking $2.7M+ in benefits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports hundreds more people routinely report benefits cards lost or stolen, which the federal government cites as a potential sign of ...

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State, feds want to buyout flood-prone Coast property

PEARLINGTON — Mississippi and federal officials have put a priority on buying out 111 flood prone properties in the town of Pearlington. Pearlington is located in Hancock County along the Mississippi-Louisiana state line. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Robert Latham and other officials met last Tuesday with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors to discuss the Pearlington buyout. The Sea ...

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