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Gas station owners arrested for price gouging during Isaac

NATCHEZ and MADISON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says two gas station owners were arrested yesterday and charged with price gouging during a state of emergency that’s in place because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Hood says 50-year-old Rajinder Singh of Madison was arrested at his Fuel Time gas station in Jackson. He also says 51-year-old Kuldip Singh of Natchez ...

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Boats on Mississippi weathering Isaac, but low water remains concern

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard said vessels along the Mississippi River were weathering Tropical Storm Isaac today and there were no reports of loose barges. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets said the river remained closed to shipping. The Coast Guard and port officials were expected to begin inspecting conditions today as a first step toward reopening the river, ...

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Farmers, ranchers prepare to deal with Isaac's impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers across southern and central Mississippi are preparing to deal with the consequences of high winds and lots of rain from Isaac. “We have a two-fold problem for farmers right now,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight. “The livestock and dairy farmers are worried about losing electricity — having problems keeping chickens alive and being able ...

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Entergy shuts down nuke plant ahead of Isaac

KILLONA, La. — Entergy Corp. says it shut down one of its three nuclear power plants because of the approach of Hurricane Isaac, but two others remain in operation. The New Orleans-based power company says the Waterford 3 plant in Killona, La., will be powered-up after the storm passes. The plant is about 20 miles west of New Orleans in ...

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Mandatory evacuations go out on Coast; President declares emergency

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mandatory evacuation had been ordered by today in low-lying areas of all three Mississippi coastal counties, and waves were washing across beachside roads as Hurricane Isaac swirled offshore. All three coastal counties also set overnight curfews. And, President Obama has issued an emergency declaration for parts of Mississippi under the Isaac threat. An evacuation order came ...

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State's utilities adding extra work crews ahead of Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi utility companies have extra crews on hand for possible widespread outages from Isaac. Entergy Mississippi spokeswoman Mara Hartmann tells the Clarion-Ledger the company has asked for 3,750 additional workers from outside the service territory to help restore service in Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. Entergy has more than 435,000 customers in 45 counties in Mississippi. Hartmann didn’t ...

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Hood: State of emergency does not prompt price-gauging law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has released a statement informing Mississippians included in the designated emergency impact area created by Issac that the current state of emergency does not allow his office to enforce the price gouging statute. “A state of emergency alone does not establish our ability to enforce the price gouging statute,” said Hood.  “The governor must ...

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Corn prices high, but low river remains huge concern

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The drought across the nation’s Corn Belt is contributing to record high grain prices and near-record low river levels, both of which are impacting Mississippi’s corn. Corn prices are at $8 per bushel and have been trading in that range for the past couple of weeks. This is compared to about $5.20 per bushel at the start ...

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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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