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Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and Pascagoula map turtles are endangered or threatened. One is found in the Pearl River watershed in Louisiana and Mississippi, ...

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Vicksburg District to open Muddy Bayou Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel of the need to open the gates of the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located 13 miles northwest of Vicksburg in the Yazoo River Basin, within the next four-to-five days. Once conditions allow, the gates at Muddy Bayou will be operated to begin a controlled fall ...

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KiOR case still bogged down in lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY More than five years ago, the state of Mississippi sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, contending that they knew that bankrupt firm KiOR had poor prospects for success in making biocrude oil but misled the state into making the company a $75 million no-interest loan. What has happened since? Another lawsuit. The KiOR Inc. Liquidation Trust sued ...

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Report: Half-billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into river

Nearly half a billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into the Pearl River in the first three months of 2020, according to a quarterly report released by the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Now, an organization focused on clean water is urging city and state leaders to issue a new advisory on the contents of the water, news outlets reported. Overflows ...

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Mississippi approved for federal aid from Pearl River flood

President Donald Trump has approved federal aid for Mississippi counties affected by Pearl River flooding in February. The money is to help rebuild or repair public buildings, highways and roads. “It was just two months ago that our state experienced historic flooding, and Mississippians are still struggling to recover and rebuild their lives,” Gov. Tate Reeves said in a news ...

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US engineers examine impact of Yazoo pump project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that it will re-examine the potential environmental impact of a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of rural Mississippi, drawing immediate criticism from conservation groups that say the project would be harmful and expensive. Prominent Mississippi politicians have been pushing the Trump administration to revive and fund the project ...

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Homeowners turning to gardening during lock-down

By JACK WEATHERLY ‘Dig into the soil, delve into the soul.’ – Ray Bradbury ‘Dandelion Wine’ Mississippians stuck at home during the corona virus lock-down are turning to gardening for food and therapy. Plant nurseries across the metro Jackson area are reporting record sales in some cases. “Business has increased exponentially,” said Graham Neeld, assistant manager at Madison Garden Center. Digging ...

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Spillway opening Friday to safeguard New Orleans levees

The Mississippi River is so high that a spillway north of New Orleans must be opened to safeguard the city’s levees, an Army Corps of Engineers official announced Thursday. That will make an unprecedented third straight year, and the sixth time this decade, that the Bonnet Carré Spillway has been opened. It was used twice last year and once each in 2018, ...

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Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. That ...

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Mississippi wildlife agency: Nearly 100 turkeys poached

At least four people were arrested following an 11-month investigation that determined nearly 100 turkeys had been poached, according to wildlife officials in Mississippi. The group was believed to have trespassed on 15 properties in Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties, according to a news release from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. About 280 wildlife violations were issued ...

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