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Louisiana, Texas Assess Damage

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Some Louisiana residents will be allowed back to their homes on Monday, while Texans are asked to wait a bit longer.

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Crude Futures Fall

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Crude oil futures fell in rare Sunday trading, as it appeared Hurricane Rita did less damage to rigs and refineries than was initially feared.

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Lessons Learned from Katrina

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Officials say the response to Hurricane Rita showed that lessons were learned from Hurricane Katrina.

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Draft Agenda Revealed

Updated: 09/23/2005 - Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the governor is proposing to let Mississippi casinos to operate in structures other than barges.

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New Commander Leads VT-9

Updated: 09/23/2005 - The pilots of VT-9 at NAS Meridian said goodbye to their commander and welcomed a new one Friday in a special ceremony.

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Church Practicing What it Preaches

Updated: 09/23/2005 - A group from Meridian is making help for hurricane victims in south Mississippi its own personal mission.

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Red Cross Shelters Ready

Updated: 09/23/2005 - In anticipation of Hurricane Rita, a number of new evacuees are arriving in the area. Because of this, Red Cross officials are looking at opening a second shelter.

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Debris Cleanup

Updated: 09/23/2005 - Starting Saturday, September 24 work crews will begin picking up storm debris in Newton County.

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Fatal Accident

Posted: 09/23/2005 - Two people were killed in an accident, which involved a tractor and a pickup truck near Thomaston.

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FEMA Asks Residents to Prep

Updated: 09/26/2005 - The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents in Texas and Louisiana to heed warnings of evacuation and recommended preparedness measures.

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Phone Lines Crossed But Bridge Built

Updated: 09/22/2005 - Most services have been restored in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but some utilities are still not back to normal. One problem at Bellsouth has an interesting twist.

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Shelters Reopen

Updated: 09/22/2005 - It was a week ago that the local Red Cross consolidated all of its shelters. Now the agency is looking to reopen them.

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Storm Causes Problems for Bonita

Updated: 09/22/2005 - Damage caused by Hurricane Katrina has prompted the city of Meridian to close almost all the trails at Bonita Lakes Park.

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GOP Names Committee, Pelosi Rejects Idea

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Mississippi's third district congressman, Chip Pickering, has been appointed to an investigative committee looking into government response to Hurricane Katrina, but Democrats want no part of it.

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Canadian TV Station Sends Relief

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Some new friends in Canada are helping out the relief effort here in Meridian and on the Gulf Coast.

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Kemper Seeks "Scam Artist"

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Authorities in Kemper County are asking for the public's help in locating an alleged scam artist.

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Power Bills May Raise Temperature

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Meridian residents may be seeing unusually high electric bills from Mississippi Power Company this month.

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Mississippi Rising for Katrina Victims

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Mississippi Rising, a fundraising concert in support of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund, has the support of a growing list of celebrities and entertainers. It will air Oct. 1 on WTOK-TV.

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Katrina Hits MPS Hard

Updated: 09/20/2005 - The Meridian Public School District estimates its damage from Hurricane Katrina at $220,000.

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Plea Made for Local Government Employees

Updated: 09/20/2005 - A plea has been made for gift certificates to help city and county government employees in Mississippi who suffered losses due to the hurricane.

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Local Cleanup Taking Weeks, Months

Updated: 09/21/2005 - Meridian officials say the city should be cleared of most of its debris in a month. Lauderdale County officials say it should be clear in two months.

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Riley Raises Travel Reimbursements

Updated: 09/20/2005 - Alabama's governor has rolled back cuts he made in per diem travel payments for state employees in 2003.

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