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Weathered oil washes up on beaches; could be from BP spill

GULF COAST — Weathered oil in the form of tar has washed up on some Louisiana beaches from Gulf waters churned by Hurricane Isaac, prompting restrictions of fishing in some waters and tests to determine whether the source is submerged oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. “I’d say there’s a smoking gun,” said Garret Graves, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top ...

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Weakened dam prompts precautionary evacuation

LAMAR COUNTY — A portion of the Buccaneer Drive Dam that separates two lakes in Lamar County is sliding, which could cause flooding downstream, so emergency management officials have called for a precautionary evacuation. The sliding, initially reported Monday, is also causing cracks on the roadway. WDAM-TV reports there is no immediate danger and the dam — located at the ...

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MDES offering unemployment assistance to Isaac victims

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Individuals in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River Counties in Mississippi who were unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced. People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by Hurricane ...

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MEMA: Assessing damage from Isaac 'slow, tedious'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi officials say assessing damages from Hurricane Isaac is a tedious task that will take time. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent says electricity had been restored to all but a few hundred structures in the state by today. Three shelters remained open this morning, housing 26 people in Forrest, Hinds and Jackson counties. Rent says ...

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Residents register for federal assistance in the wake of Isaac

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 4,325 people in four Mississippi counties have registered for federal individual assistance in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Residents of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties are eligible for temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. Emergency food stamp ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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City sees record 22 inches of rain from Isaac

PICAYUNE — Officials say 22 inches of rain has fallen in Picayune over a three-day period from Hurricane Isaac. City engineer Brooks Wallace tells the Picayune Item the rain unleashed by Isaac was the heaviest downpours ever recorded in city. Rain began late last Tuesday and ended early last Friday. Perhaps the hardest-hit area was in west Picayune. Many homes ...

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Tens of thousands of dead nutria litter the Coast

HANCOCK COUNTY — Crews are pitchforking dead nutria into front-end loaders on Hancock County beaches. The Sun Herald reports an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 of the semiaquatic rodents and other dead animals washed in Hancock County up after drowning in Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge. A federal contractor, U.S. Environmental Services, will dump the bodies in a Pecan Grove landfill rated ...

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Oil and gas hub slowly rebounding from Isaac

GULF COAST — The nation’s oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast is slowly coming back to life in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Offshore oil platforms are beginning to ramp up production as crews are returning. Refineries are beginning to restart units as power is restored and floodwaters are cleared out. While a substantial amount of oil and ...

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Vicksburg hotel owners arrested for price gouging

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi attorney general says the owners of a Vicksburg hotel have been charged with price gouging during a state of emergency. Attorney General Jim Hood says authorities arrested 56-year-old Devenora V. Patel and 26-year-old Hemel Ramesh Surati at their business, The Battlefield Inn in Vicksburg. Hood says Patel and Surati are accused of charging more than their ...

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