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Florida man to repay victims of Katrina-related scam

JACKSON — A three-day trial of a Hurricane Katrina contractor has ended with the defendant entering a guilty plea, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sam Mineo, 53, of Florida, pleaded guilty before Judge John C. Gargiulo Nov. 10 to false pretense for his actions against four Katrina victims who hired him to fix their hurricane destroyed homes. Mineo’s defense ...

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Hurricane researchers to study Katrina's 'ground zero'

WAVELAND — Researchers plan to use the hurricane experiences of residents in two Gulf Coast towns to help other communities prepare for the economic effects of disasters. Matt Fannin, associate professor with the Louisiana State University Center for Rural Studies, says the two-year study will start in early 2012 and focus on Foley, Ala., and Waveland. Researchers tell the Press-Register ...

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Katrina Cottages arrive at Greenwood airport

GREENWOOD — The 26 Katrina cottages secured by the city of Greenwood from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have made it to local airport. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the last of the cottages arrived last Friday. Getting the 10 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom units to Greenwood from Biloxi took about two months. The cottages did not cost ...

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April storms cost county more than $1M

OXFORD — The April 27 storms that slashed across Lafayette County have cost the county $1.4 million, according to county administrator Joseph Johnson. Johnson tells the Oxford Eagle that figure includes contractor work for debris removal. A tornado tore apart at least 18 homes in the Pine Flat community in Lafayette County, but no one was killed or seriously injured. ...

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State's peanut harvest tops the nation

Back in the summer, the peanut industry was facing a crisis. The extended drought had affected nearly half of the state’s peanut growers, and they were looking at a bad, perhaps disastrous, year. But, the same September rains from Tropical Storm Lee that saved pecan growers turned the season around for peanut farmers. Instead of a bad year, the crop ...

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Pecan growers enjoy another 'nutty' year

It has been good times of late for Mississippi’s pecan producers. And, the optimism just keeps growing. Boosted by increased demand, tight supply and corresponding high market prices while dodging some of the weather-related losses many of the state’s other agriculture commodities have suffered over the last few years, 2011 is shaping up to be perhaps the best yet for ...

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Oyster season to close five days after opening

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is closing all areas and reefs of the state that are currently opened to oyster harvest. The areas will close at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and will remain closed until further notice in order to conserve the resource. The MDMR opened the oyster Oct. 24. “This action is being taken ...

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SBA offering loans to drought-impacted businesses

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 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 located in Mississippi as a result of drought and excessive heat that occurred from Jan. 1 – Aug. 30, 2011. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a ...

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DMR: Oystermen should expect limited season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has scheduled the 2011-2012 limited Mississippi oyster season to open to tonging only at legal sunrise Oct. 24, only in Areas II “A,” “B” and “C” Conditionally Approved waters, provided the area meets all criteria for opening as specified in the area management plan. Area II “A” Conditionally Approved ...

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Senators urging peers to overturn flood insurance provision

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) have launched an effort to convince their colleagues to overturn a provision in Senate legislation that would require federal flood insurance coverage in areas already protected by levees, dams or other flood control structures. Cochran and Pryor are asking their colleagues to join them in signing a bipartisan letter ...

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