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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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Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald Ray Ladner and Billy Wayne ...

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Officials to discuss restoring passenger train service

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mayors and other officials from Florida to Louisiana will be in Alabama this week for a conference to discuss restoring passenger train service in the region. The service from Jacksonville, Fla., to New Orleans was at one time part of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited line from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. It was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Researchers to conduct five-year shellfish study on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — University of New Orleans researchers are getting federal money to study shrimp and crab populations over the 120 miles of coast between Lake Borgne in Louisiana to Mobile Bay in Alabama. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced funding the $1.2 million five-year study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp. Researchers will track the ...

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NOAA raises forecast of storms for rest of hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. forecasters are raising their estimate of potential storms in the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season, which enters its peak period this month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its updated forecast today. Forecasters say wind patterns conducive to storm formation and warmer-than-normal sea temperatures mean chances are higher for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane ...

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Federal audit underway of post-Katrina grant spending

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Federal housing authorities are auditing the use of more than $650 million in grants designated for an ambitious plan for sewage and water systems across south Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The Associated Press has learned. The money was divided among five south Mississippi counties, with the most, more than $230 million, set aside for ...

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MDMR extends Katrina Key fishing reef near Deer Island

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR) Artificial Reef Bureau has completed another extension of the fishing reef, Katrina Key. The key has been extended westward by about 500 to 600 yards and divided into two segments. The segments will provide two gaps for current flow, which will allow additional foraging opportunities for fish. Katrina Key ...

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Coast property could be eligible for federal flood-buyout program

JACKSON COUNTY — Eighty-six properties in Jackson County could be eligible for the federal government’s home elevation or buyout program. The Mississippi Press reports supervisors were told this week that notices would be sent out to eligible property owners to determine if they are interested. In February, the county hired Thompson Consulting Services to submit an application for FEMA’s Severe ...

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