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Presley elected president of national group

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has elected Mississippi Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley as the association’s next president. The election was part of organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. During his installation speech, he spelled out a yearlong theme: Bridging the Divide, aimed at ensuring that all undeserved communities — including rural areas such as ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is cleaned, the Meridian Star reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and representatives of a Multistate Trust held public ...

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Veteran ranger heading to country’s first national park

By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal Sarah Davis has enjoyed her time in Tupelo and has nothing but praise for the people and environment. “The people are friendly, Tupelo is a great size town with a great location,” said Davis, the chief ranger for the Natchez Trace Parkway. “It’s five hours to the beach and four hours to the mountains. ...

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U.S. Interior Department activity contributes $1.7B to Mississippi economy

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2018. The report highlights Interior activities covering conventional and renewable energy, recreation, non-fuel minerals, irrigation, and conservation that resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the year – ...

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Mississippi to sue Corps over extended opening of spillway

Mississippi’s attorney general said Thursday that he will sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for environmental and economic damage the state experienced after the Corps opened a spillway for two extended periods this year to protect New Orleans from flooding. Attorney General Jim Hood is the Democratic nominee for governor, facing Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and two other ...

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Bacteria found in Mississippi waters prompts beach closure

Environmental officials in Mississippi are warning beachgoers that some coastal swimming areas will be closed after bacteria were found in the water. The state Environmental Quality Department announced Thursday that enterococcus bacteria have been found along a west Gulfport shore, posing an increased risk of illness. The Sun Herald reports that waters are closed from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue. ...

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Louisiana hopes to fight coast erosion by mimicking nature

IRONTON, La. — Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana. Thousands of years later, the mighty river is held in check with man-made levees and flood-control systems. ...

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Oil cleanup continues after fatal storage tank explosion

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is cleaning up an oil spill that accompanied a deadly explosion on Friday. Randy Ducksworth Sr. has been identified as the man who died after two storage tanks exploded in Wayne County. WDAM-TV reports an investigation into the cause is ongoing. Powers Fire and Rescue Capt. Lance Chancellor says four other workers were present ...

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$2B Tenn-Tom Waterway yet to yield promised boom

More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of “orderly growth and prosperity” when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn’t worked out that way. Delayed for decades by environmental concerns and detractors who called the project a boondoggle, the $2 billion ...

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