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Despite demands, Gulf Coast real estate on the upswing

By LYNN LOFTON  As with most things on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the real estate market has experienced the ‘new normal’ since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Factors other than the storm — including the national recession — also affected coastal real estate but the market is improving, according to Coast realtors. Deborah McGhee, owner/broker of McGhee Realty in Saucier, is ...

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On Mississippi’s shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced

LONG BEACH — Between Mississippi’s seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier. Once lined with houses and a small condominium complex, South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach was ravaged by wind and waves in ...

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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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State Farm’s rehearing request denied in Katrina fraud case

GULFPORT — A federal appeals court has decided that last month’s upholding of a jury’s insurance fraud ruling will stand, allowing whistleblowers who sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to seek more evidence of fraud after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald  reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied State Farm’s request for a ...

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Long Beach approves Katrina slab ordinance

LONG BEACH — In 30 days, Long Beach residents will have to remove any slabs left behind on their property from Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Billy Skellie told local media the ordinance was approved by the board of aldermen on Wednesday and takes effect in 30 days. After that, once property owners are notified, they have to take action immediately to ...

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Katrina whistleblower suit sent back to lower court to broaden search

By JACK WEATHERLY  The whistleblower suit filed in 2006 against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. over wind and flood damage linked to Hurricane Katrina is a long way from being over. The 5th  U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on July 13 reversed the U.S. District Court in Gulfport ruling denying the plaintiffs to broaden discovery ...

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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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Mississippi export summit touts success of international trade

By JACK WEATHERLY “Had we not gone international, I don’t think we’d be here today,” said Wayne Wade, president of Bio Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. His testimony and Gov. Phil Bryant’s touting the successes of doing business overseas were the highlights of the Governor’s 2015 Export Summit on Thursday at the Jackson Convention Center. Bio Soil nearly went out of business after ...

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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Miss. court to hear case of casino barge, Katrina damage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether a judge was wrong in finding that an insurance company was not liable for damage caused when the Grand Casino barge was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a Biloxi beachfront home. The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to look at an appeal from homeowner Cherri Porter, who ...

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