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MDMR extends Katrina Key fishing reef near Deer Island

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR) Artificial Reef Bureau has completed another extension of the fishing reef, Katrina Key. The key has been extended westward by about 500 to 600 yards and divided into two segments. The segments will provide two gaps for current flow, which will allow additional foraging opportunities for fish. Katrina Key ...

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Drought shrinking ranchers' profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will be the most impacted, both ...

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Corps warns of dredging on falling river without a permit

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports it is working to hard to keep low water levels from closing commercial navigation on the rivers in its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. According to the National Weather Service this year’s drought is affecting nearly 61 percent of the country and is causing problems ...

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SBA offering disaster loans in four southern counties

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes as a result of drought that began Jan. 3. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone. ...

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With disaster declaration, Cochran says drought needs 'careful monitoring'

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — With the U.S. Department of Agriculture issuing a drought disaster designation for north Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the expanding drought situation across the nation deserves careful monitoring. The USDA has notified Mississippi officials that four Mississippi counties — DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica — have been granted primary natural disaster designations, with another six listed ...

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Officials: Stay off sandbars in falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Mississippi and Louisiana officials are telling people to say off sandbars that have appeared with the low-water levels along the Mississippi River. U.S. Coast Guard master chief Randy Merrick tells the Natchez Democrat differentiating between the bottom of the river and a recently exposed sandbar is difficult. “These sandbars just drop off at some point,” Merrick said. ...

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Coast property could be eligible for federal flood-buyout program

JACKSON COUNTY — Eighty-six properties in Jackson County could be eligible for the federal government’s home elevation or buyout program. The Mississippi Press reports supervisors were told this week that notices would be sent out to eligible property owners to determine if they are interested. In February, the county hired Thompson Consulting Services to submit an application for FEMA’s Severe ...

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Officials: Katrina recovery-funded infrastructure will be used

JACKSON COUNTY — The Jackson County Utility Authority has spent its Hurricane Katrina recovery project funds on water and wastewater projects that will be well utilized across the county, leaders say. An Associated Press investigation revealed that the Harrison County Utility Authority used millions of dollars to build sewage plants that are underused or sitting completely idle. That’s not a ...

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MEMA exec: Focus should be on individual preparedness, not governmental response

PEARL — After learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it’s time to shift focus from governmental response to individual preparedness, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency leaders say. MEMA executive director Robert Latham Jr., who was reappointed to the position in January after heading MEMA from 2000-2006, said he has been meeting with local officials to discuss concerns about this ...

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