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More federal aid set for Mississippi after Easter tornadoes

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says more counties have been approved for federal disaster assistance following damage by April storms. MEMA announced Saturday that individuals in six more counties — Clarke, Grenada, Jasper, Lawrence, Panola and Walthall — have been approved for assistance. Governments have been approved for additional assistance in three counties — Jones, Covington and Jefferson Davis. That means ...

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FEMA opening 2 disaster recovery centers in Mississippi

Two disaster recovery centers are opening in Mississippi to help people affected by storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that happened in February and March. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says the centers are opening Friday at the East Columbus gym in Lowndes County and at Vicksburg Mall in Warren County. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday ...

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Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA money from Mississippi school

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million. FEMA lacked adequate policies to prevent an “unaccredited and unlicensed non-public school” from getting federal money, the Department of Homeland Security inspector ...

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Miss. business receives contract for manufactured homes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $6.76 million contract to a Holmes County business to supply temporary housing for Louisiana flood victims. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said in a news release Lexington Homes, Inc. was awarded the fixed-price contract to construct and deliver 155 manufactured homes, which will be used to support flood disaster recovery efforts in Louisiana. ...

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Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28’s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people in Winston County. They hope ...

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Smithville celebrates new domed gym-disaster structure as tornado recovery continues

SMITHVILLE, Mississippi — Monroe County received a check for $1.4 million Friday to put toward the cost of building the Smithville school’s new monolithic dome gym, a tornado-resistant structure that replaces the gym destroyed on April 27, 2011 by an EF5 tornado that roared through the center of town, killing 16 people. The domed gym at the Smithville Attendance Center ...

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