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SBA's disaster loan deadline approaching

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Southwest Mississippi of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe weather and flooding on March 28-29. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is June 13. Low-interest disaster loans are available in Adams, Amite, Franklin ...

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Survey: Losses from late April storms could reach $1B

According to a report from a global reinsurance firm, the late April storm system that caused widespread damage and fatalities in Mississippi and 19 other states could be the world’s first billion-dollar storm of 2014. Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development center at Chicago-based Aon Benfield, has released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews ...

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For second consecutive year, corn farmers face late planting

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Spring rains are delaying the state’s corn planting much as they did in 2013, but growers will not complain if the season ends with another record harvest like last year’s. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the crop was just 64 percent planted by April 20, putting it farther behind than it was at this time last ...

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Storm system claims lives, leaves communities in shambles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive reports of numerous counties affected by severe weather and possible tornadoes. The Associated Press is reporting seven fatalities in Mississippi from 12 tornadoes. The counties reporting damages are as follows: DeSoto:  Road closures due to flash flooding.  Itawamba:  Minor injuries.  Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees.  Several homes ...

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State officials watching gathering storm clouds

Emergency management personnel statewide are watching the skies, hoping that the Magnolia State doesn’t see the devastation and fatalities already recorded from a robust storm system that is making its way here. The official tally so far is 16 dead in Arkansas and one dead in Oklahoma from strong tornadoes. The tornado in Arkansas left an 80-mile path of destruction, ...

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Cold, wet weather raising concerns of hay producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Hay producers need warmer temperatures and drier ground to catch up with production this spring. “Everything is shaping up to be late with all the wet, cool weather we’ve had,” said Charlie Bush, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Simpson County. Simpson was one of the counties where some fields flooded after most areas in central ...

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SBA grants disaster declaration request; opening center

Folks who are being impacted by the recent storms and subsequent flooding are being offered assistance. Residents and businesses in Southwest Mississippi affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28–29 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. Contreras-Sweet made the loans available in response to a letter ...

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State facing more severe weather; flood concerns heightened

State officials are bracing for yet more flooding. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are asking residents to prepare for the possibility of another round of severe storms through this evening. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say there will be two rounds of severe weather. The first round of storms will move through the state ...

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Another death reported from weekend storms

COAHOMA COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a second person has died because of recent storms. MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn says a Coahoma County man died Wednesday at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital. The man had been taken there after he was injured when strong winds destroyed his mobile home April 3. Flynn said yesterday that the man’s name ...

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Officials remain concerned about ongoing flooding

Two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed, and state officials are concerned about more damages and loss of life. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg and Highway 80 at Chunky River are still closed. State Route 149 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek and Highwawy 540 in Simpson County have ...

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