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Cochran co-sponsors bill streamlining SBA's response time

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., have introduced a bill designed to make U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster programs more responsive to the needs of small businesses impacted by disasters. The bill is also co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. According to a release from Landrieu’s office, ...

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Another county eligible for post-tornado assistance

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — Residents and businesses in Jefferson Davis County affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes of Feb. 10 are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been working hard with our local, state, federal and nonprofit partners to find assistance wherever it is ...

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Expert: BP's cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program on the rig that exploded ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA drought-related assistance

DESOTO COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that March 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in DeSoto and Marshall counties as a result of the drought that began June 10, ...

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Gulf oil spill trial gets underway in New Orleans

GULF OF MEXICO — A high-stakes trial started today to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Attorney Jim Roy, who represents individuals and businesses hurt by the spill, said BP executives applied “huge financial pressure” on its drilling managers to “cut costs and ...

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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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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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Power restored in tornado-torn cities, but lack of buses keep schools closed

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Power has completed initial storm restoration to the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal following Sunday’s tornado. As of 10 a.m. yesterday, The Hattiesburg American reports crews restored power to those customers able to receive it. Mississippi Power Pine Belt Division Manager Jason Lee says more than 300 additional support personnel, including linemen, engineers and tree crews, were ...

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