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Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a member of the Senate Commerce ...

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Residents welcome above-freezing temperatures

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents of South Mississippi were ready for the big thaw today as temperatures were rapidly heading to the 50s and remaining ice was melting on bridges and roads. Emergency officials in Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties say they’ll be out early today seeing how the ice in melting on key bridges from Biloxi to Ocean Springs and ...

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SBA disaster loans available due to 2013 drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of drought between Aug. 27 and Oct. 21, 2013. The disaster declaration includes Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, ...

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SBA disaster loans available for storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding business owners in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on April 11-12, 2013. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) up to $2 million are available at ...

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Parts of Katrina-damaged pier to finally come down

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland intends to tear down storm-damaged parts of the Garfield Ladner Pier. The board of aldermen is reviewing bids submitted earlier this month for the work. Coming down are the concession stand, ranger’s house, and a bathroom. The work is necessary, officials said, because the structures don’t meet current Federal Emergency Management Agency flood plain ...

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More than a dozen counties see damage from storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says 15 counties have reported damage from Saturday’s storms. The death toll remains at two, one each in Coahoma and Jasper counties, with several injuries reported statewide. MEMA said yesterday that Marshall County reported one injury, six homes, a business and a public facility damaged. Homes or mobile homes also were damaged ...

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Two killed as storms slam the Magnolia State

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A storm system swept across the central and southern U.S. yesterday, bringing tornadoes and wind gusts that ripped roofs from barns and hurled trees into power lines, officials said. At least two people were killed. A man died after his mobile home overturned in northern Mississippi, said Coahoma County coroner Scotty Meredith. Another man was killed when ...

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More winter weather could impact post-ice storm efforts

For those without power from this weekend’s ice storm, help is coming. However, more winter weather tonight could impede efforts. Crews were working yesterday to restore power to thousands of customers in north Mississippi after an ice storm. Ron Stewart, spokesman for Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, says about 7,000 association customers were without power, mainly in DeSoto and Marshall ...

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Officials, residents hunkering down as winter storm approaches

Officials are urging residents in North Mississippi to be prepared for an approaching winter storm that could bring significant icing to the region. Emergency crews were at the ready today and residents have been stocking up on groceries, buying electricity generators and gassing up their cars in advance of a winter storm that forecasters predict will bring freezing rain and ...

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Alcorn becomes fifth university to be named StormReady

LORMAN — Alcorn State University is the fifth Mississippi university to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “University campuses can be impacted by tornadoes, as was the case last February when the University of Southern Mississippi was hit,” said NWS Jackson meteorologist-in-charge Alan Gerard. “We are very pleased that the leadership at Alcorn State has taken the ...

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