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Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

A rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi rose at least a foot overnight amid forecasts of additional downpours, keeping heavy pressure on a dam Wednesday that officials said was in danger of failing. An inspection of the earthen dam at Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing and recommendations that area residents evacuate. ...

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Mississippi board denies controversial landfill permit

Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality has denied a permit request that would have placed a third landfill inside a county where the project faces opposition. The permit board voted 5-2 on Tuesday against NCL Waste’s request to establish a new trash dumping site in Madison County. If this latest landfill had been approved, Madison County would have had the most ...

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Vicksburg implements energy saving measures to cut costs

A Mississippi city is implementing energy efficiency measures that are estimated to save it more than $60,000 a year on utility bills. The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a $2.4 million contract with Jackson-based Path Co. LLC this month to look into ways the city could improve its energy efficiency, The Vicksburg posted reported on Monday. The program will focus ...

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Severe storms, twisters will be possible across the South

Severe storms including tornadoes are possible from eastern Texas across the Deep South later this week, putting millions of people at risk, forecasters said Wednesday. More than 9 million people live in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana where there is an enhanced risk of severe weather on Friday, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Winds of up to ...

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Executive Director Rikard to leave MDEQ January 13

Gary C. Rikard, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced that he is leaving the agency January 13, 2020. Rikard has served as Executive Director since appointed by Governor Phil Bryant in September 2014. He previously worked at the agency as an Environmental Engineer and a Senior Attorney in the 1990s before practicing environmental law in ...

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Hosemann sues corps and river panel to protect coast from spillway releases

By JACK WEATHERLY Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission because of the extended release of fresh water into the saltwater Mississippi Sound from the Bonnet Carré Spillway. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for South Mississippi seeks a temporary injunction to order the corps to operate ...

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Lawsuit: US Army spillway opening hurts wildlife, localities

Officials in Mississippi are trying to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission to consult with them before opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway in Louisiana again and flooding the region with polluted river water. A federal lawsuit filed this week by several cities, counties and groups accuses the corps and commission of violating federal law ...

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New county leaders to decide on flood debris hauling payment

New leaders will decide how a Mississippi county will pay to haul away flood debris. The Vicksburg Post reports that Warren County supervisors voted to delay a decision on debris hauling, which could cost the county more than $100,000. A total of 24 homes at Eagle Lake have been demolished by volunteers following flooding. The delay means the next board of ...

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Flood control district will stop collecting taxes for now

A north Mississippi flood control district will stop collecting property taxes while it seeks to resolve claims that board members illegally paid themselves more than $350,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Town Creek Master Water Management District filed an agreement in court last week to temporarily halt tax collections. State Auditor Shad White found in March that district ...

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More cases of deadly deer disease found in Mississippi

At least two more cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Mississippi deer. Two of the cases have been confirmed and another 10 cases that tested positive are in the process of being confirmed, according to Russ Walsh, the chief of staff for Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Wildlife Bureau. Of the 12 new cases, 11 ...

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