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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a ...

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Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a lack of response from EPA ...

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Turner Grain’s bankruptcy will help consolidate lawsuits alleging breach of contract

A group of Mississippi Delta farmers will join their counterparts in Arkansas and Louisiana in seeking to recoup millions of dollars Turner Grain Merchandising owes them now that the Brinkley, Arkansas, commodities broker has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Greenville lawyer Scott Phillips, who represents Leland farmer Harper Ross and five other Delta farmers who say Turner Grain stiffed them for $1.7 ...

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Bryant creates task force to explore Delta water resources

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In 2011, MDEQ Executive Director Trudy ...

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Greenwood redoubles efforts to shoo away blackbirds

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is renewing its annual effort to chase away thousands of pesky blackbirds. Cities in the Mississippi Delta have tried imaginative methods to chase off thousands of blackbirds that stop over for weeks at a time on their annual migration. This time, there are no shrieking pyrotechnics, starter pistols, recorded bird distress calls or electronic ...

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Bryant issues executive order to establish Delta water task force

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In 2011, MDEQ Executive Director Trudy ...

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The Blues and higher education — Delta State launches the International Delta Blues Project

While the debate continues over the location of “The Crossroads” where legend has it that Robert Johnson made a pact with devil to become the greatest bluesman ever, Delta State University is looking to solidify the city of Cleveland as the place where the blues and academia intersect. DSU recently announced the establishment of the International Delta Blues Project, funded ...

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Two Delta groups getting economic development funding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Economic Development Administration has awarded funds to two planning and developing groups in the Mississippi Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made the announcement in a news release yesterday. The South Delta Planning and Development District will receive $189,000. The district provides services in Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington counties. The North Delta Planning ...

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