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Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year’s prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage. Heavier than normal snow melt in March and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that approached record levels at several towns and cities along the Mississippi and its tributaries. The Mississippi remains well above flood stage ...

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Absentee voting begins for Mississippi party primaries

Mississippi voters can start casting absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 party primaries for governor and other statewide, regional, legislative and county offices. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says circuit clerks began accepting absentee ballots Monday. People may vote absentee for several reasons, including if they will be out of town on election day, if they are temporarily or permanently ...

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Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is just over $1 million to the Magee Municipal Airport for runway improvement. Other grants include $600,000 to Columbia-Marion County ...

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Chambers USA Lawyers

Chambers and Partners publishes directories of the legal profession. Its research identifies the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those that perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients. Lawyers cannot pay to be in the rankings. Rankings at state-level are based upon the location in which a firm or lawyer practices, regardless of where the clients, ...

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Alderman files suit against Moss Point mayor, city

An alderman is suing a Mississippi city and its mayor, claiming the mayor assaulted and harassed him.The Mississippi Press reports that the city of Moss Point and Mayor Mario King received a summons last week indicating Alderman Ennit Morris had filed the lawsuit. The suit claims King ordered a police officer to arrest Morris at a December executive meeting. The ...

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Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana’s coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner’s assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, ...

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Historical marker commemorates reported alien abduction

A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973. News outlets report the city of Pascagoula dedicated the marker Saturday at Lighthouse Park. Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker said they were on the shores of the Pascagoula River when what appeared to be aliens pulled them ...

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(WATCH VIDEO) Waller raises awareness on negative impact of Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Bill Waller for Governor campaign released a new video featuring Bill Waller in Louisiana at the Bonnet Carre Spillway that is currently flowing trillions of gallons of water into the Mississippi Sound, damaging the ecology and economy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “Last Friday, I had to go see it for myself, so I went to Louisiana to the ...

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Mississippi employer payrolls set new record high in May

Preliminary data show Mississippi’s employers had more people on the payroll than ever before in May. Payrolls — which are economists top labor market indicators — rose from 1.15 million people in April to 1.17 million people last month. A separate survey of households was less positive, with Mississippi’s jobless rate rising to 5% from 4.9% in April. That’s also ...

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Mississippi National Guard construction unit heads to Kuwait

About 160 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are headed to the Middle East for nearly a year. The city of Pascagoula held a sendoff Saturday for the 859th Engineer Company. The unit is headed first to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training. After that, National Guard spokesman Daniel Szarek says, the unit will head to Kuwait for nine months. The group includes ...

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