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Grounded barge forces another closing of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Another barge grounding near Greenville has closed the Mississippi River to shipping. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Robert Anderson said a barge ran past buoys marking the shipping channel Saturday evening. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said yesterday it was refloated, but vessel traffic was not expected to resume before today. He said the corps was ...

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Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald Ray Ladner and Billy Wayne ...

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SBA-backed disaster loans available due to drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought. This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Lafayette, Leflore, Panola, ...

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Catfish farmers feeling impact of drought

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians do not have to look far to see the impact of the Midwest’s historic drought, as the state’s catfish farmers already feel the pinch of sky-high feed costs. “There was a window last fall when some farmers were able to book feed at $380 per ton,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State University Extension aquaculture specialist and ...

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Officials to discuss restoring passenger train service

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mayors and other officials from Florida to Louisiana will be in Alabama this week for a conference to discuss restoring passenger train service in the region. The service from Jacksonville, Fla., to New Orleans was at one time part of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited line from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. It was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Storm-tossed Isle reopens after damage repairs

NATCHEZ — The Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez is back in business after being temporarily closed to repair damage from a weekend storm. Isle spokeswoman Jill Alexander says the damage was sustained last Friday night during a severe thunderstorm. The casino reopened Tuesday night. Alexander says the boat was hit with high wind, causing damage to the entry ramps ...

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