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Deadline nearing for disaster recovery loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations that were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred Nov. 29-30, 2010. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply ...

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MDES gets funding to hire disaster recovery workers

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is providing grants to help governments and nonprofits hire workers to provide humanitarian assistance as well as to clean remaining flood-related damage in the Mississippi River area. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded MDES a $3-million National Emergency Grant to provide funding for these public-service assistance jobs. “We encourage ...

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First named Gulf storm churns toward Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arlene is slowly organizing and is expected to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves toward Mexico. Tropical storm warnings have been issued in Mexico for the northeastern coast from Barra De Nautla north to Bahia Algodones. The storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico early tomorrow. The ...

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MDES hiring workers for storm recovery efforts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is hiring more than 500 temporary workers to help communities recovering from tornado and straight-line wind damage. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the agency a $7-million National Emergency Grant to hire workers to help governments and nonprofits assisting with disaster recovery. Workers can earn $7.25 an hour to $25 an ...

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More counties eligible for assistance following April storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour announced that 36 counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes April 15-April 28 are now eligible for public assistance reimbursement through FEMA. Public assistance provides a reimbursement grant of 75 percent of eligible costs for the following: debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairs to road systems, bridges, public-owned buildings, water control ...

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Disaster declaration extended, storm aid coming

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour announced residents and business owners in four additional counties can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama approved and expanded Mississippi’s federal disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that affected the state. The additional counties are Chickasaw, Choctaw, Neshoba and Webster. These four counties will receive FEMA Individual Assistance, which provides ...

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Storms leave 32 dead; Barbour declares emergency

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency for 39 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians after severe storms moved across the state. That may have to be expanded, however. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received initial reports of damages from 48 counties across the state and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw ...

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MEMA reports on preliminary damage assessment

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, as of March 10, had received preliminary damage reports from 23 counties due to severe weather that moved through the state March 8-9. So far, 147 residences are reported to be damaged or affected. Dozens of roads are damaged and destroyed. Several counties are still experiencing flooding and damage assessments are ongoing, ...

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Mississippians have weathered the storms before

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the Coast for a book signing. I was scheduled to be at Bay Books in Bay St. Louis on Saturday morning. This is one of my favorite places in Mississippi, so the trip was no hardship. In addition, it gave me a reason to visit my parents in Gulfport. I drove down ...

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