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City officials lobbying for change in flood codes

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program. City attorney Eddie Williams tells the Mississippi Press the change is required because the state’s exemption on such properties from meeting flood code conflicts ...

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Oyster season to close five days after opening

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is closing all areas and reefs of the state that are currently opened to oyster harvest. The areas will close at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and will remain closed until further notice in order to conserve the resource. The MDMR opened the oyster Oct. 24. “This action is being taken ...

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DMR: Oystermen should expect limited season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has scheduled the 2011-2012 limited Mississippi oyster season to open to tonging only at legal sunrise Oct. 24, only in Areas II “A,” “B” and “C” Conditionally Approved waters, provided the area meets all criteria for opening as specified in the area management plan. Area II “A” Conditionally Approved ...

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Senators urging peers to overturn flood insurance provision

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) have launched an effort to convince their colleagues to overturn a provision in Senate legislation that would require federal flood insurance coverage in areas already protected by levees, dams or other flood control structures. Cochran and Pryor are asking their colleagues to join them in signing a bipartisan letter ...

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Cochran: SURE not offering timely relief to farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Shortcomings in a federal agriculture disaster assistance program to advocate for reforms to ensure timely benefits for farmers who lose crops to flooding or other disasters, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Cochran addressed problems with the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations hearing that looked at federal programs for ...

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DMR asking for disaster declaration for oyster industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s oyster industry. The Mississippi Press reports William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, said he hopes to hear something in a week. Walker’s comments came during this week’s meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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Rains from Lee beneficial to state's farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Tropical Storm Lee brought much-needed rains to Mississippi’s parched fields and pastures but minimal flood and wind damage. Late-season tropical storms can be costly, even devastating, when winds and pounding rains may whip plants and complicate harvests. When Lee swept through the state over Labor Day weekend, most of Mississippi’s crops either had been harvested or needed ...

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SBA offering disaster relief to businesses in six counties

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Small, non-farm businesses in six Delta counties in Mississippi are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1. The eligible counties are ...

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Corps of Engineers to reinforce part of levee system

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $3.1 million to reinforce parts of the mainline Mississippi River levee at Lake Albemarle and Buck Chute. The Vicksburg Post reports that both were places the Corps and state levee officials scrambled to patch sand boils and stop sliding during the Mississippi River flood of 2011. Thibodaux, La.-based Phylway ...

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