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Coast beaches closed by Isaac finally reopen

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted beach closures issued Aug. 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. The closures were lifted for the following monitoring stations in Harrison County: • Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach near Pratt Avenue; from 20th Avenue east to Thornton Avenue • Station 10 ...

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MDES, SBA offer assistance to more Isaac-impacted counties

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has added more counties to those eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has added another county to those eligible for low-interest loans. The MDES has begun accepting applications for DUA from people living or working in five additional counties ...

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Capital City earns Weather Service's StormReady designation

JACKSON — The Capital City is the newest Mississippi community to earn the National Weather Service’s StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 15 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a ...

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Officials still deciding on post-Isaac debris cleanup

OCEAN SPRINGS and MCCOMB — A decision is expected in the next couple of days on whether Jackson County will clean up Hurricane Isaac debris along East and Front beaches in Ocean Springs. The Sun Herald reports attorneys for the city, county and secretary of state held a conference call to determine if the county can conduct the cleanup. Attorneys ...

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Entergy: Isaac's costs run $400M-$500M

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation has released an update on preliminary financial effects, liquidity resources and recovery initiatives after Hurricane Isaac. Total restoration costs for the repair and/or replacement of the electrical facilities in areas with damage from Isaac are estimated to be in the range of $400 million-$500 million. Each utility company is responsible for its restoration cost obligations ...

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Portions of Isaac-battered beach could open this weekend

HARRISON COUNTY — Portions of the Hurricane Isaac-battered beach in Harrison County could be open this weekend as workers continue to remove debris the storm left behind. Chuck Loftis, director of the Sand Beach Authority, told The Sun Herald crews are making progress and likely will open parts of the beach where vendors operate. Hurricane Isaac brought wind and rain ...

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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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Residents register for federal assistance in the wake of Isaac

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 4,325 people in four Mississippi counties have registered for federal individual assistance in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Residents of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties are eligible for temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. Emergency food stamp ...

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Tornado-torn town gets first look at recovery plan

SMITHVILLE — Smithville officials are looking at the first draft of what they are calling the road map to the future. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports the comprehensive plan had been in the words before the April 27, 2011, tornado devastated the northeast Mississippi town. A grant from Appalachian Region Commission helped the town complete the rough draft of the plan ...

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After post-tornado move, Townhouse plant discontinues operations

MANTACHIE — Townhouse Furniture, who moved some work to Mantachie after a 2011 tornado in Smithville, has apparently shut down its operation and local officials fear they’ve lost a $50,000 investment. Townhouse, a stationary furniture manufacturer, received local and state help with the move from Smithville to Mantachie. At the time, Townhouse CFO Tony Watson said the company plans to ...

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