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Australia's decade-long drought likely to worsen

Posted: 07/11/2008 - A decade-long drought in Australia’s most important crop-growing region is worsening and there is little hope for relief from either saving rains or a new government conservation plan, officials said Thursday.

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UN raises Myanmar cyclone plea

Posted: 07/11/2008 - The U.N. aid chief called on world governments Thursday to donate $300 million more to help Myanmar to recover from the effects of a cyclone that devastated parts of the Asian nation in May.

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5.2-magnitude quake rattles Pakistan

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Pakistani official says a moderate earthquake has jolted the country's capital and some northwestern cities but there are no reports of injuries or damage.

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Wildfires advance in Calif., destroy Wash. homes

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Firefighters battling a raging wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California braced for strong winds Friday they feared could blow hot embers toward thousands of homes, while residents in Washington state's Spokane Valley fled a fire that destroyed several houses.

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Hurricane Bertha approaches Bermuda

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Forecasters say a tropical storm watch could be issued for Bermuda as Hurricane Bertha moves slowly toward the island.

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Royalty Visiting Neshoba County

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Fifteen tribal princesses are visiting Neshoba County during the 59th Annual Choctaw Indian Fair.

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Bill would cut weatherization help

Posted: 07/10/2008 - A bipartisan group of senators from cold-weather states on Thursday criticized plans to cut the federal program helping low-income families make their homes more energy efficient.

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Calif. National Guard joins firefighting effort

Posted: 07/10/2008 - California's wildfire season has become so severe so swiftly that for the first time in more than 30 years, National Guard troops have been deployed to fight the flames on the ground.

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Makers of FEMA Trailers Questioned

Updated: 07/10/2008 - Top executives from four manufacturers of FEMA trailers defended themselves before a government oversight committee.

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Threefoot Hearing July 15

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Meridian residents will have a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed renovation of the Threefoot Building in a hearing next week.

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HUD Grants Come to Meridian

Updated: 07/10/2008 - Some much needed money is coming to Meridian to help low-income families own a home and help everyone else in the city as well.

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Report Investigated Federal Surplus and Destinations

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Could millions of dollars worth of supplies meant for Hurricane Katrina victims end up in the hands of state agencies in Mississippi? A CNN investigative report says they did.

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Toyota Making Changes at U.S. Plants

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Toyota is adjusting its manufacturing operations. It will produce the hybrid Prius in the U.S. for the first time at a plant it is building in Blue Springs, Miss.

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Barbour Promotes Adjutant General

Updated: 07/10/2008 - William L. Freeman Jr., of Newton, Mississippi's top National Guard official, has been promoted to major general.

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Drought threatens Iraq's crops and water supply

Posted: 07/10/2008 - It's been a year of drought and sand storms across Iraq - a dry spell that has devastated the country's crucial wheat crop and created new worries about the safety of drinking water.

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Key developing nations reject G-8 climate plan

Posted: 07/10/2008 - China, India and other energy-guzzling developing nations on Wednesday rejected key elements of a global warming strategy embraced by President Bush and leaders of wealthy nations. And the U.N's top climate official dismissed the G-8 goals as insignificant.

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