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"Code Red" Alert System Reminder

Updated: 09/03/2007 - The free "Code Red" alert notification system will deliver important messages from designated city officials by phone to Meridian residents.

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City Announces 'Code Red' Alert System

Updated: 08/30/2007 - The city of Meridian announced a new community alert system designed to keep the public better informed in emergencies. There is no cost for sign-up.

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Red Cross Ready for Next 'Katrina'

Updated: 08/28/2007 - The American Red Cross has undergone many lessons learned in the two years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. The non-profit organization says it is prepared to respond again.

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Second Lunar Eclipse This Year

Posted: 08/28/2007 - Early risers were able to see a rare lunar eclipse, the second of 2007. Another happened in March.

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Anniversary Brings Reflection, Preparation

Updated: 08/28/2007 - The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is just a few days away. Is Lauderdale County better prepared than it was two years ago?

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Fires Strain Resources

Updated: 08/24/2007 - An increase in the number of wildfires is keeping the Mississippi Forestry Commission busy around the clock, and crews are stretched thin.

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Dry Weather Continuing Threat

Updated: 08/23/2007 - A fire that burned several acres in northern Clarke County two days ago flared up again Thursday,

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Foresters Say Fire Danger Real

Updated: 08/22/2007 - The past few days have been very busy for volunteer firefighters and state foresters.

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Alabama Loses Ten to Heat

Posted: 08/22/2007 - There have been ten heat-related deaths in Alabama during August.

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Texas Takes No Chances

Posted: 08/20/2007 - Hurricane Dean may be several days away and its path uncertain, but Texas officials say they're not taking any chances in preparing ahead of time.

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Fire Danger at High Level

Updated: 08/17/2007 - The Mississippi Forestry Commission is warning people to remain alert as drought conditions worsen and the threat of fire increases.

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Heat Wave Prompts Unusual Move

Posted: 08/16/2007 - Livingston, Ala., is opening its old city hall building for use as a cooling center for people who don't have air conditioning. MCCSA in Meridian has taken similar action.

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Lauderdale Looking at Burn Ban

Updated: 08/16/2007 - The continued dry weather is causing Lauderdale County supervisors to take another look at outdoor burning.

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City Issues New Burn Ban

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Because of dry weather conditions, the Meridian Fire Department is again asking the public not to burn trash and debris.

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Some Not Bothered By Heat

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Temperatures continue to top 100. Working in the heat is oppressive for most people, but some don't mind the heat because they have a "cool" job.

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Schools Have Concerns About Heat

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Battling extremely hot temperatures is a challenge for school districts. Sumter County has already dismissed early on one day and is taking care to service its air conditioning systems.

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Heat Wave Puts Sports in Court

Posted: 08/10/2007 - The heat wave in the south is causing concern for youth sports teams, because some athletes have collapsed while practicing.

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A/C Making Impact in South

Posted: 08/10/2007 - The low number of heat casualties in the south during heat waves is attributed to the prevalence of air conditioners.

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Heat Wave Produces Record Demand

Updated: 08/09/2007 - The heat is continuing to bake Mississippi. And so far, officials say the electricity grid is handling the extra usage.

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