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Deer hunting season still on despite flood

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Deer hunting season in Mississippi is still on despite migration of deer during the Mississippi River flooding. Wildlife officials say the floodwaters have displaced deer in the South Delta and the mainline Mississippi River levee system. However, deer biologist Lann Wilf says history shows deer will escape to higher ground and follow receding water back to their ...

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Moody's: Casinos could face post-flood earnings woes

MISSISSIPPI RIVER REGION — Moody’s Investors Service said yesterday that small casino operators that have had to close properties along the Mississippi River due to flooding could see their earnings hurt. The flooding could also further delay the regional market’s recovery, the credit ratings agency said. The Mississippi River flooding led many casino operators in the area to close casinos ...

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Drought forces extension of burn bans

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Supervisors in several South Mississippi counties have voted to extend burn bans that were put in place two weeks ago because of drought. Yesterday, board members in Harrison and Jackson counties extended the ban until June 20, and supervisors in Hancock County made it effective indefinitely. Stone County’s burn ban is in effect through Monday, and the ...

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Aid for tornado, flood victims tops $11M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries now totals approximately $1.373 million and is expected to grow rapidly as flood waters recede, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). MEMA also announced more ...

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Delta farmers face myriad of post-flood issues

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Much of the flooded Delta was already planted for the 2011 season, and when it finally dries out, landowners will face challenges preparing it for planting. Last Thursday, the Governor’s Office said total agriculture losses in Mississippi due to the flood could exceed $250 million. Landowners of flooded acreage must manage a variety of issues, including oxygen-depleted ...

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Fowlkes awarded demolition contract by Corps

MONROE COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, has awarded a contract to Fowlkes Plumbing of Amory for the demolition of structures in Smithville and Monroe County. Terms were not disclosed. The demolition will be focused on structures that have been declared to be in imminent danger of collapse due to damage from the April tornado that ...

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MBJ Editorial: Education remains atop state’s business wish list

Nearly eight out of 10 Mississippi business leaders (79 percent) believe our state can experience the same type of economic success as other high-growth Southern states. That is according to a report on the results gathered during in the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Road Show. More than 2,000 took part in the electronic voting process, and an additional 1,000 ...

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Scientists hold to Atlantic hurricane forecast

GULF OF MEXICO — Weather forecasters at Colorado State University are holding steady to their prediction of an above-average hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean. The forecast issued yesterday remains unchanged from an earlier prediction issued in April. Researchers predict 16 named storms in the Atlantic, with nine of those storms expected to turn into hurricanes. Five of the hurricanes ...

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Agriculture losses from flood could exceed $250M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Officials estimate that flooding in Mississippi could have caused more than $250 million in damages to agriculture. Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Gov. Haley Barbour, stressed that the figure was only an estimate because thousands of acres are still flooded and that makes it hard to come up with solid information. She said officials estimate that 450,000 ...

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Rice crop escapes flood, but off to tough start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fields along the Mississippi River may be flooded, but the majority of the state’s rice crop is farther inland and needs either more water or time to dry after heavy rains caused other rivers to overflow. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rice fields do not need to be flooded until ...

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