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City approves post-tornado emergency measures; assistance widens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Hattiesburg City Council has approved measures further related to the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado. The Hattiesburg American reports the council last night approved the state of emergency declaration, signed on Feb. 10, and approved agreements with Pine Belt Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management to dispose of storm debris in landfills. The council also voted ...

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BP fails to reach settlement in advance of civil trial

GULF OF MEXICO — BP acknowledged today it had failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week’s civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.’s biggest environmental disaster. Rupert Bondy, the group’s general counsel, said in a statement that settlement demands were “not based ...

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SBA offering two emergency programs to storm victims

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration assistance is now available after the Presidential disaster declaration due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began Feb. 10 in South Mississippi. The disaster declaration covers Forrest and Lamar counties in Mississippi, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit ...

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Board of Contractors exec warns of post-tornado scams

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — After extensive damage was reported from a F4 tornado that ravaged Hattiesburg and surrounding areas last Sunday, Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) employees were on site surveying damage and urging homeowners and business owners to be vigilant when contracting for storm damage clean up and repairs. MSBOC executive director Stephanie Sills Lee cautions consumers who were ...

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Trustees discuss emergency funding for tornado-torn schools

HATTIESBURG — Members of the Hattiesburg Public School District board of trustees met yesterday to discuss emergency funding for the damage caused to Hattiesburg schools by Sunday’s EF4 tornado. The Hattiesburg American reports the tornado damaged 25 of the district’s 27 buses, wrecked the high school baseball field and caused substantial structural damage to other parts of the high school ...

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Wild hogs continue to hurt economy, ecosystem

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state’s ecosystem. Wild hogs, sometimes referred to as feral pigs, are swine that were once domesticated and were released or escaped into the wild. Their ability to reproduce quickly and insatiable appetite ...

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Tornado damage assessments continue as President declares disaster

SOIUTH MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state. Obama signed the declaration yesterday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Forrest and Lamar counties, which were affected by ...

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Cleanup from tornado hampered by rain, thunderstorms

HATTIESBURG — Rain and thunderstorms were likely to complicate work today to clean up the debris strewn across southern Mississippi by a tornado, which left residents marveling that no one died despite the severity of the destruction. Roofs were torn from homes and massive trees were tossed across houses. In one part of Hattiesburg, the bricks that had once formed ...

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MEMA gives update on storm damage; thousands without power

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued an update on the damage and injuries caused by yesterday’s potent storm system. MEMA has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state. No fatalities have been reported. The state has deployed a mobile communications trailer and is establishing ...

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