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Report says Red Cross botched response to Issac, Sandy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published yesterday, the second anniversary of Sandy. The report cites internal documents and interviews with current and former ...

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Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28’s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people in Winston County. They hope ...

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State's pumpkin growers hurt by disease, summer rain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across Mississippi, but some growers had trouble getting them there. Many Mississippi pumpkin farmers experienced heavy disease pressure and a delayed harvest due to frequent summer rains. Growers planted more acres this year, but harvested fewer pumpkins than usual, said Stanley Wise, Union County agriculture and natural resource enterprise and community ...

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FEMA approves more than $43M for tornado recovery efforts

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), report approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the lawmakers that four FEMA ...

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October storm has little impact on state's agriculture industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Oct. 12, harvest was 87 percent complete for rice, 74 percent complete for soybeans, 98 percent ...

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State's peanut farmers feeling good about this year's crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers are quite happy with the peanut crop they are harvesting in early October, and recent dry weather has provided excellent drying conditions. “Overall in the state, we’re seeing above average yields, and the lowest grade I’ve heard is 68-69, which is the highest grade some growers have gotten in the past,” said Jason Sarver, peanut ...

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Damage reported, but few injuries, from yesterday's storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Trees tumbled and some buildings were damaged yesterday, but few injuries were reported as a strong cold front pushed a line of thunderstorms across Mississippi. Starkville, where a sharp, brief storm hit just after 5 p.m., was among the hardest-hit locations. “There is a potential it could have been a microburst,” said David Cox, a meteorologist in ...

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This year's Atlantic hurricane season weakest in decades

GULF OF MEXICO — This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only five named storms into October, ...

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Sweet potato producers hoping weather turns friendly

VARDAMAN — A dry September put a damper on Mississippi sweet potato production, but the rain in early October may help the crop remaining in the field. Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said sweet potato fields received about an inch of rain Oct. 3. “We’re optimistic that this rain will help size up ...

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Storms leave school damaged, down trees and power lines

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A line of thunderstorms associated with a cold front has caused some damage in Mississippi. The National Weather Service Office in Memphis, Tennessee, says a possible tornado caused damage to Strayhorn Elementary School in Tate County late last night. Meteorologist John Sirmon says the extent of the damage to the school wasn’t immediately known. He says a ...

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