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Water association sues PSC over waiver for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — The Mississippi Rural Water Association has sued the state Public Service Commission in federal court, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with federal law when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by the association, which has more than 1,000 members ...

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Cooley sentenced for embezzling $500K from USDA program

HATTIESBURG — A Mississippi woman who worked as an office manager has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program and her unidentified employer. A federal judge yesterday sentenced Cynthia Cooley, of Hattiesburg, to 89 months in prison and ordered her to pay restitution. Cooley ...

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AECOM selected as facilitator of Delta project

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Bridge Project has received a $157,000 grant to initiate comprehensive strategic community planning in Coahoma County. The grant allows the hiring of an independent facilitator to conduct the 10- to 12-month planning process, in which the entire local community will be invited to participate. The Delta Bridge Project is a targeted geographic approach that integrates Southern ...

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Communities get federal grants, loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a series of grants and low-interest loans to aid rural Mississippi communities. USDA Rural Development has approved grants totaling $383,017 for small projects in Cleveland, Duncan, Laurel, Marks and Mound Bayou. The agency has also approved two low-interest loans to support a health clinic construction project in Itawamba County and a ...

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Rural Development funding awarded

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 111 projects in 35 states, including Mississippi, have been selected to receive more than $34.9 million in grants to increase educational opportunities and expand access to healthcare services in rural areas. The funding will be provided through USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Mississippi entities receiving funding are ...

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Broadband study's findings released

WASHINGTON — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic analysis has found that rural communities with greater broadband Internet access had greater economic growth than areas with less access. The study, “Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America” by economists at USDA’s Economic Research Service, compared counties that had broadband access relatively early (by 2000) with similarly situated counties that ...

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More ARRA funding awarded

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of $58.1 million in community facilities projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to the $58.1 million that USDA Rural Development is providing to fund the 104 projects announced today, recipients will invest $41.2 million from other ...

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