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Vicksburg District to open Muddy Bayou Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel of the need to open the gates of the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located 13 miles northwest of Vicksburg in the Yazoo River Basin, within the next four-to-five days. Once conditions allow, the gates at Muddy Bayou will be operated to begin a controlled fall ...

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Mississippi 2019 top news: Immigration raid, flood, election

Mississippi residents’ lives in 2019 were disrupted by a large-scale immigration raid and prolonged flooding in the Delta. People mourned the deaths of two longtime elected officials, and voters chose a new governor. A look at top stories of the year: » Federal agents raided seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi on Aug. 7, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in the ...

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New wave of suits linked to BP oil spill hitting courts

A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill. The new litigation is the result of a court ruling that blocks thousands of people from a medical settlement negotiated after the 2010 environmental disaster. It threatens to clog court dockets for years, and it means plaintiffs like Sherry Carney ...

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As cleanup continues, new uses eyed for contaminated site

After removing thousands of tons of contaminated soil, trustees of a federal superfund site are asking Mississippi residents how they want to redevelop the area. Proposals for the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. creosote plant in Columbus include open public spaces, residential and industrial uses and a town center concept. Designer Bob Barber tells The Commercial Dispatch that any final plan is most ...

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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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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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Sweetgum trees aid hardwood growth

By: RANDY ROUSSEAU Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured. We may not value sweetgum as much as some oak species, such as cherrybark, Shumard ...

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Flooded forests face unknowns ahead

By RANDY ROUSSEAU The stage for 2019 floods was set by heavy snowfall in the upper Midwest, followed by excessive rainfall patterns in the Plains, Midwest and South, resulting in significant flooding all along the Mississippi River. The spring and early summer of 2019 has been among the wettest on record for many states located along the Mississippi and Ohio ...

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Showing a ‘hole’ lot of promise

» Pipe Planner key to cutting Delta irrigation levels by 20 percent By TED CARTER Name buzz for no-cost irrigation software Pipe Planner is likely be zero outside of Mississippi and neighboring Delta states, but it figures prominently in plans for sustaining imperiled agricultural water supplies in Delta regions. With the web-based program, growers save water and energy through more-precise ...

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Farm-to-table movement growing in popularity

By BECKY GILLETTE The farm-to-table movement is becoming increasingly popular across the country as consumers lean toward wanting to support local growers who can provide tasty and fresh produce that doesn’t have to be shipped across the country. Dr. Christine Coker, a specialist in urban horticulture vegetables and green roof food systems at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research & ...

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