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With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop as early as this week ...

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EPA looking to minimize chemical releases during hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — As hurricane season approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report ...

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Panel rejects appeal in global warming/Katrina lawsuit

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property. In the lawsuit, the landowners sought compensatory and punitive damages against 32 companies ...

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MDA adds $40M to Katrina fund for omitted neighborhoods

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list. Under the program, contractors are repairing Katrina-damaged homes not covered by previous disaster assistance. Jon Mabry, chief operations officer of MDA’s recovery division, told The Sun Herald 1,200 to 1,400 households could be ...

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County buying four flood-proned homes through MEMA

PEARLINGTON — Hancock County’s buy-out program has finally gotten off the ground. Four homes in the Pearlington community are currently in the process of being purchased through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency program. County leaders tell WLOX-TV they will have up to $10 million to purchase as many repetitive loss properties as they can. Supervisor David Yarborough says the county ...

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Hurricane forecaster: Last year was 'water, water, water'

GULF OF MEXICO — Last year’s hurricane season drove home some big lessons, the nation’s chief hurricane forecaster said Tuesday: Storm surge and flooding are dangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes it’s even harder to communicate that sense of urgency to the public. It wasn’t just high winds that posed a threat and caused damage, said National Hurricane Center ...

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Deadline approaching for Hurricane Isaac assistance

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Clarke, George, Greene, Jackson,Lauderdale and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to ...

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Sign-up for aid for Isaac victims ends this month

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, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Isaac. The deadline is May 30. Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million are available at 3 percent for private ...

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Corps repairing beach damaged by Hurricane Isaac

PASCAGOULA — The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the sand beach along the west end of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports the corps built the beach after Hurricane Katrina and installed wind fencing and plantings to promote dune growth. Dunes help prevent sand from blowing onto the road and yards. Hurricane Isaac damaged the ...

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Insurance firm found guilty of Katrina-related fraud

GULFPORT — A federal jury has found State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government and submitted a false record to support fraud after Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald reports the verdict came after the eight-member jury deliberated for three hours Monday in a whistleblower lawsuit. The decision potentially opens for examination thousands of post-Katrina flood ...

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