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City gives deadline to owners of Katrina-damaged property

BILOXI — Owners of eight more Hurricane Katrina-damaged properties in Biloxi have two weeks to present the city with a plan for making them habitable, or at least restoring their exteriors. The Sun Herald reports the city is exercising its power under Senate Bill 3204, which was passed exclusively for Biloxi. It forces owners of commercial buildings and multi-family housing ...

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Florida man to repay victims of Katrina-related scam

JACKSON — A three-day trial of a Hurricane Katrina contractor has ended with the defendant entering a guilty plea, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sam Mineo, 53, of Florida, pleaded guilty before Judge John C. Gargiulo Nov. 10 to false pretense for his actions against four Katrina victims who hired him to fix their hurricane destroyed homes. Mineo’s defense ...

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Hurricane researchers to study Katrina's 'ground zero'

WAVELAND — Researchers plan to use the hurricane experiences of residents in two Gulf Coast towns to help other communities prepare for the economic effects of disasters. Matt Fannin, associate professor with the Louisiana State University Center for Rural Studies, says the two-year study will start in early 2012 and focus on Foley, Ala., and Waveland. Researchers tell the Press-Register ...

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Katrina Cottages arrive at Greenwood airport

GREENWOOD — The 26 Katrina cottages secured by the city of Greenwood from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have made it to local airport. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the last of the cottages arrived last Friday. Getting the 10 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom units to Greenwood from Biloxi took about two months. The cottages did not cost ...

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Rosemary Barbour to appeal Katrina-related penalties

JACKSON — Rosemary Ramirez Barbour plans to appeal more than $350,000 in penalties and damages she was ordered to pay after a judge said she defrauded the government on a Hurricane Katrina contract. Barbour’s company, Alcatec, LLC, was awarded a contract after the 2005 hurricane to inspect and maintain Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers. The FBI raided Alcatec’s office in ...

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USDA declares 12 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas for 2011. The USDA says its declaration is based on combined effects of severe storms, tornadoes, severe spring flooding, Tropical Storm Lee, widespread drought and excessive heat since Jan. 1. The declaration means farmers who lost money because of bad weather can ...

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Cochran: 'Underestimating syndrome' hurting disaster funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says budgetary “underestimating syndrome” skews congressional and public understanding of the federal funding needed to address disaster recovery. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled “The Federal Role in Disaster Recovery and Response.” The hearing featured testimony from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...

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Court hears another wind-versus-water case

PASCAGOULA — A decision is pending from the Mississippi Supreme Court in another wind-versus-water case, this one involving a Pascagoula home subjected to 6.3 feet of storm surge. The National Flood Insurance Program paid Jackson County sheriff’s deputy Michael Robichaux and his wife, Mary, who has since died, policy limits for the loss of their home and its contents — ...

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Documents opened in Scruggs case, including Lott's deposition

OXFORD — A federal judge has unsealed court records related to one of Mississippi most notorious judicial corruption cases, including a deposition by former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. Lott was never charged with wrongdoing in the case that toppled his brother-in-law, Dickie Scruggs, among Mississippi’s most powerful lawyers before going to prison. Scruggs wants the documents opened in ...

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Huntington Ingalls' ex-parent accused of misusing Katrina funds

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. has disclosed a federal civil investigation into allegations that its former parent — defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. — used Hurricane Katrina relief funds to improperly recover shipbuilding costs. In its latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Newport News, Va.-based Huntington Ingalls said it is cooperating with the investigation and denies ...

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