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Mississippi to pay $5M to settle food stamp data claims

The Mississippi Department of Human Services will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle claims that it manipulated reporting within a food assistance program and received undeserved performance bonuses. The settlement announced Monday stems from allegations that Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC, gave the state recommendations which injected bias into its federal reporting for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ...

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BGC taps Simpson for new position

Demetria Simpson, former Chief Executive Officer of Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) recently accepted a new senior leadership role at BGC Advantage, a Louisiana-based affordable housing development, consulting, and management firm.  In her role as Vice President of Development, Simpson will accelerate the development of high-quality affordable and market-rate housing. She has 23 years of Housing and Development expertise. The move marks ...

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Low prices, virus cited in calls to delay US oil lease sale

NEW ORLEANS — Low prices and concerns about the new coronavirus should postpone a Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale planned for Wednesday, environmental groups said Tuesday. “As prices collapse, it’s insane to move forward with this bargain basement sell-off of our public resources,” Raleigh Hoke, campaign director for the New Orleans-based coalition Healthy Gulf, said in a news release. ...

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BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago. About 6,500 brown pelicans and 3,000 smaller seabirds cram their nests every summer onto Queen Bess Island, which shrank from 45 ...

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Butler Snow Law Firm expands Baton Rouge office

Butler Snow is expanding the firm’s Baton Rouge, La., office as the attorneys of Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer (APLC) will join the firm on Jan. 1, 2020, bringing the total number of attorneys locally to 24 and more than 385 attorneys firm-wide. Butler Snow’s  Baton Rouge office will become the fifth largest in the firm behind Ridgeland, Miss., Nashville, ...

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Dog shot twice in Louisiana is now recovering in Mississippi

A 2-year-old Great Dane shot twice in the head Lafayette, Louisiana, is now recovering at a volunteer animal shelter in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports the dog named Riley was shot about eight months ago and rushed to a veterinarian by a witness. Blind in one eye that’s backed by a bullet and partially blind in the other eye, Riley is ...

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Soldier’s surprise return home much tougher than expected

By DONNA CAMPBELL / Daily Leader Staff Sgt. Jeffery Grimes planned a big surprise reveal for his family when he returned from Kuwait, but the biggest surprise was on him _ they weren’t home. “I expected to walk in the house and none of them expect me to show up and it be that kind of a surprise,” he said. ...

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Louisiana hopes to fight coast erosion by mimicking nature

IRONTON, La. — Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana. Thousands of years later, the mighty river is held in check with man-made levees and flood-control systems. ...

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Federal research ship to begin studies in the Gulf in 2023

A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot (60-meter) ship. Universities in every Gulf state, as well as Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and ...

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$248 million settlement reached with Chinese drywall maker

A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving ...

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