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Insurance Department opens more claims centers

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — As cleanup from Hurricane Isaac continues, the Mississippi Insurance Department is setting up two additional claims centers to assist residents with their claims. In addition to MID’s Coast Office in Bolton State Office Building in Biloxi, MID will be operating a claims center in Picayune at the National Guard Armory on Highway 11 South and in Waveland at ...

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Building contractor arrested after two-year search

JACKSON — A building contractor has been arrested following a three-hour manhunt in Hinds County, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Alvin Dennis Hall, 47, whose last known residence is Edwards, was indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury in 2009 after the Attorney General’s Office investigated a report alleging he accepted $10,000 for contracting work and then failed to ...

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Could Isaac return to Gulf? Forecasters watching closely

GULF OF MEXICO — A remnant of Hurricane Isaac, drawn back to the Gulf of Mexico after an odyssey through the Midwest, hovered yesterday off the Gulf Coast. Meteorologist Shawn O’Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell, La., called it the “spawn of Isaac.” This morning, the National Weather Service in Jackson reports the broad area of low pressure ...

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Amtrak service on Coast to remain suspended

GULF COAST — Most Amtrak service to and from New Orleans has been restored following Hurricane Isaac, but the City of New Orleans’ service in Mississippi and Louisiana, remains suspended through Friday. The City of New Orleans, a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans, will continue to terminate and originate in Memphis, rather than in New Orleans, at least ...

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Federal lawmakers working to ensure flow of disaster aid

WASHINGTON — Ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Congressional aides are working quietly on a six-month government-funding bill that would prevent a shutdown of the government next month and ensure that the government’s main disaster relief program gets a steady flow of money. It’s a ...

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Weakened dam prompts precautionary evacuation

LAMAR COUNTY — A portion of the Buccaneer Drive Dam that separates two lakes in Lamar County is sliding, which could cause flooding downstream, so emergency management officials have called for a precautionary evacuation. The sliding, initially reported Monday, is also causing cracks on the roadway. WDAM-TV reports there is no immediate danger and the dam — located at the ...

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MDES offering unemployment assistance to Isaac victims

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Individuals in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River Counties in Mississippi who were unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced. People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by Hurricane ...

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MEMA: Assessing damage from Isaac 'slow, tedious'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi officials say assessing damages from Hurricane Isaac is a tedious task that will take time. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent says electricity had been restored to all but a few hundred structures in the state by today. Three shelters remained open this morning, housing 26 people in Forrest, Hinds and Jackson counties. Rent says ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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