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Corps repairing beach damaged by Hurricane Isaac

PASCAGOULA — The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the sand beach along the west end of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports the corps built the beach after Hurricane Katrina and installed wind fencing and plantings to promote dune growth. Dunes help prevent sand from blowing onto the road and yards. Hurricane Isaac damaged the ...

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Insurance firm found guilty of Katrina-related fraud

GULFPORT — A federal jury has found State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government and submitted a false record to support fraud after Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald reports the verdict came after the eight-member jury deliberated for three hours Monday in a whistleblower lawsuit. The decision potentially opens for examination thousands of post-Katrina flood ...

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Emergency loan deadline nearing for victims of Feb. 10 storm

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private non-profit (PNP) organizations in Mississippi of the April 22 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began Feb. 10. The SBA offers low interest disaster loans to private non-profit organizations for physical losses up to its loan limits.  Loan ...

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State's primary mental health facility heavily damaged by storm

WHITFIELD — An official says hail damage could exceed more than $1 million at Mississippi’s primary psychiatric hospital and a nearby facility for people with developmental disabilities. The Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield and the Hudspeth Regional Center in Rankin County were hit hard by Monday’s storm. Now a race is on to patch up the damaged before more weather ...

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Isaac-damaged piers may not be repaired by summer

GULFPORT — Gulfport officials say piers along the Gulf Coast that were damaged by Hurricane Isaac in August may not be repaired before summer. The Category 1 storm that hit Aug. 29 tore up slats, pilings and jetties from Biloxi to Pass Christian. Officials say the repairs and improvements must be approved by FEMA and put out for bids before ...

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William Carey closing New Orleans campus after four decades

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is closing its New Orleans campus. University President Tommy King tells the Hattiesburg American enrollment in the school’s nursing program has not come back since Hurricane Katrina. Since the late 1980s, the nursing program has resided on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Barbara Hamilton, executive assistant to the president, says operations ...

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University loses shade — tornado fells majestic oak trees

HATTIESBURG — The tornado that tore through the Hattiesburg area and The University of Southern Mississippi campus on Feb. 10 did more than damage buildings. The F-4 twister also drastically altered the University’s landscape. Approximately 75 trees that created a picturesque “front porch” of the campus were lost in the storm that cut a destructive path through Marion, Lamar, Forrest, ...

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City approves post-tornado emergency measures; assistance widens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Hattiesburg City Council has approved measures further related to the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado. The Hattiesburg American reports the council last night approved the state of emergency declaration, signed on Feb. 10, and approved agreements with Pine Belt Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management to dispose of storm debris in landfills. The council also voted ...

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Bridge reopens after closing for floodwaters

CLARKE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says Mississippi Highway 512 is back open near Quitman. Department spokeswoman Carrie Adams says a 1 ½-mile stretch in Clarke County closed last Wednesday because of flooding. She says it reopened yesterday after the water went back down. She says it was the only highway in the state closed by high water.

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