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Waste Management rebuts city on recycling; firms step into breach

By JACK WEATHERLY Waste Management of Mississippi Inc. adamantly denied in a recent prepared statement that any of the recyclable materials that it had picked up for the city of Jackson had ended up in the city landfill, contrary to statements attributed to the Jackson public works director. The city broke off its contract with Waste Management effective Sept. 1. ...

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Seraphim Solar target of lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA said in October 2018 that it was shutting down to retool and triple its production of photovoltaic panels at its Jackson plant. At that time, the manufacturer told at least three installers that the panels would be delivered and the installers prepaid for them. A company spokesman told Pv magazine in October 2018 ...

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Alligator hunting season opens Friday in Mississippi

Mississippi’s 2019 alligator season officially opens Friday at noon. WLBT-TV reports the season will open for 10 days and will close at noon on Monday, Sept. 9. A total of 960 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings. This is the 15th year of public waterway alligator hunting in the state and wildlife ...

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US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions

Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as Thursday, oil industry and environmental groups said. The government’s plan would ease requirements on oil and gas sites to monitor for methane leaks and plug them. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move would be ...

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Remembering Hurricane Camille 50 years later

Hurricanes Camille and Katrina were as different as night and day, yet those who lived through both storms say the two were similar in many ways. Saturday, Aug. 17 (was) the 50th anniversary of Camille and Aug. 29 will be 14 years since Katrina. “Camille was a Sunday Storm,” said Rupert Lacy, now emergency management director for Harrison County. He ...

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Judge rules lawsuit over oilfield waste can proceed

A Mississippi judge says a lawsuit over oilfield waste can move forward. Jones County Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson ruled Monday that Tae and Diedra Baucum can sue a number of companies including Petro Harvester Oil & Gas. WDAM-TV reports the Baucums allege waste buried nearby has leached into the Baucum property and contaminated it. Monday’s ruling allows the family ...

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Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is running far higher than normal this hurricane season, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways. One continuing concern is the massive volume of water that for months has been pushing against levees protecting a city that’s mostly below sea level. The Mississippi River is well above average this week at ...

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Jackson trashes recycling, citing cost and market demand

Mississippi’s largest city will stop curbside recycling collections by month’s end. Jackson Public Works Director Bob Miller tells the Clarion Ledger the program is indefinitely suspended, in part because China’s demand for recycled materials has fallen. Officials say more than 300 cities nationwide have stopped curbside collections. Jackson is referring residents to private collectors and says it’s seeking drop-off alternatives. ...

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Drought affecting about 1 million in Deep South

A new assessment shows about 1 million people are being affected by drought in the Deep South, but conditions are improving slightly in some areas. The latest report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina all have regions that are too dry. The worst areas are agricultural counties in southeast Alabama and ...

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Camille Memorial getting face lift for 50th anniversary

Hurricane Katrina left lasting scars on the Hurricane Camille Memorial in Biloxi located at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. The church reached out to the Biloxi Fire Department which, in turn, reached out to Lodging and Leisure Investments for help in returning the memorial to its best condition in light of the storm’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Officials tell WLOX-TV ...

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