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Residents of Gulfport to pay more for water, sewer

GULFPORT — City of Gulfport residents may pay 5 percent more in water bills to pay for infrastructure improvements. Yesterday, the city council passed a $30 million bond with $20 million of it going into water, sewer and drainage improvements. “We have a lot of infrastructure in the ground that’s 50-years-old and older. We’ve had flooding in the city in ...

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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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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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State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the ...

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PSC sticks to order allowing domestic violence victims to delay utility deposits

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won’t reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator’s authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission voted 3-0 yesterday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the ...

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State renews water fight with city of Memphis

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim. The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That’s less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion. Mississippi alleges that Memphis’ wells have created “cones of ...

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Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of ...

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EDA awards grant for water infrastructure improvements at industrial park

HOUSTON — The city of Houston has been awarded a federal grant that will support extensive water system infrastructure upgrades at its industrial park. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved a $1.47 million investment grant to help construct a new water system to serve current and future tenants at Houston’s industrial park. The funding will cover just over half ...

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Ole Miss makes ranking of most beautiful campuses in U.S.

OXFORD — Best College Reviews, a ranking service for American colleges and universities, has released a list of the 100 most beautiful college campuses in America, and the University of Mississippi made the cut. The 100 campuses were selected based entirely on aesthetics. The author placed particular emphasis on natural features such as green spaces, bodies of water, and arboretums ...

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