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Drought burns pastures, fields, posing threat to cattle

These brangus cattle on Bill Carr's Choctaw County farm are faced with a toasted pasture and reliance on what they normally eat in the winter.

By JACK WEATHERLY “They’re burnt slam up,” said Bill Carr of his Choctaw County pasture lands and hay fields that haven’t had a rain since late July. His tends 35 head of what he says are brangus “mama cows” and two bulls on 70 hilly acres of pasture land. They are hungry. They came up to his tractor one day ...

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Cochran, Wicker announce FEMA grants for safe rooms

In this April 22, 2015 photograph, a car drives past the remains of trees that also bordered a trailer park and residential houses that were all destroyed by a tornado a year earlier, in Louisville, Miss. Several people were also killed in that area. Residents will mark the first anniversary, on Tuesday, April 28, of the 23-tornado outbreak that devastated Winston County. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say the City of Tupelo and the Louisville Municipal School District will get more than $3.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund construction of three community safe rooms. The senators, in a news release Thursday, said that Tupelo will get nearly $1.1 million to build a 6,813-square-foot safe ...

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Possible tornado hits Monroe County, no deaths reported

AMORY — Trees and buildings are damaged in Monroe County after a possible tornado hit Amory and Smithville. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza says no deaths or injuries were reported from the storm, which hit about 9 a.m. Monday. Goza says tree damage is widespread in central Amory, with power out. Harbormaster Scott Cox says trees ...

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Forecasters see fewer than average hurricanes in 2015

NEW ORLEANS — The Atlantic hurricane season in 2015 will see fewer than the average number of storms, according to Colorado State University researchers. Researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray say in a news release that cooler ocean temperatures and the expectation that favorable atmospheric conditions will continue through the summer months will mean fewer hurricanes. The researchers released their ...

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Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA — Forecasters warned that a winter mix of ice, sleet and snow would spread Monday around several Southern states, making driving hazardous well into the northern reaches of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday and ordered critical highways to be pre-treated with chemicals ahead of the approaching storm. Mississippi Gov. ...

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Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy approval of the disaster declaration ...

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MDOT launches new winter weather website

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has launched a new website focused on winter weather preparedness. MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public. Winter is officially upon us, and that means the chance of ice and snow, and hazardous driving conditions increases across the state. Visit www.GoMDOT.com/winter, and you can learn safe driving tips, and discover ways ...

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Severe weather slams Mississippi; 4 killed

JACKSON — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said thousands ...

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Weather Service discovers tornado touched down in Pine Belt

JONES COUNTY — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Sunday night in Jones County. A survey team examined the path of the twister yesterday, estimating it had top winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 2.7 miles in an area east of Laurel near Masonite Lake. The team rates the tornado EF-1 on ...

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Demand outstripping Christmas tree supply as growers retire

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in the business are producing more ...

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