"When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on doors."
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"Residents of the city of Juliette are rallying behind a pair of bills working through the state legislature that would require more stringent standards for the disposal of coal ash."
"Environmental and community groups that want to keep a Taiwanese company’s plastics complex out of south Louisiana went to court Friday to challenge state air quality permits."
"Floodwaters in central Mississippi appeared to hit their peak on Monday, potentially allowing the area around the state capital Jackson to avoid any casualties after the Pearl River reached its highest level in 37 years, officials said."
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"JACKSON, Miss. — With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi’s capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters start to recede."
"The Obama administration designated 75,000 acres “unsuitable” for coal mining at the state’s behest four years ago. Now, Trump officials may be making an exception."
"Annual challenge encourages the public to catch as many of the invasive giant snakes that decimate native wildlife as possible".
"Two environmental groups are threatening to file suit against the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River Commission and the Interior Department for failing to evaluate the impact of repeatedly opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway."