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2008-10-13 03:00:22

By Northway, Wally After decades of studies and debate, it appears that the Yazoo Pumps Project is dead. On September 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voted against the construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (COE's) proposed pumping station in the Mississippi Delta, the centerpiece of its Yazoo Backwater Project. Always controversial, that decision is drawing mixed reviews. It also starts a new debate about where to go from here. The EPA said, while it agrees that...

2008-10-12 00:00:24

By Rob Sharp A new museum honouring BB King has just opened in Mississippi. Rob Sharp reports Various signs are pinned haphazardly to a shack of unpainted cypress wood, topped with a roof of galvanised, corrugated steel. One of them says the dress code should not be "like this", pointing to a picture of a man wearing a back-to-front cap. Another one lists a number of other rules for those who enter. These include "No dope smoking", "no beer", and a defiant, "no rap music". This seems...

2008-09-26 21:00:21

By Christopher Blank Endesha Ida Mae Holland's eventful life is no doubt an impressive, inspirational story. Not in the saccharine, Hallmark movie-of-the-week kind of way, but in the harrowing, honest style of Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison. She grew up in the Deep South, a child of Greenwood, Miss. Like many poor black women living in the Delta during the 1950s, her childhood was crippled by the lack of opportunity, third-world social conditions and omnipresent racism. If there's one...

2008-09-08 21:00:12

A cloud of disappointment hovers over the Mississippi Delta following the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of a $220 million flood-control initiative known as the Yazoo Backwater Pump. The decision, however, reflects not only a victory for the environment but a recognition of fiscal realities, as well. The Yazoo project has long been targeted by the National Wildlife Federation and Taxpayers for Common Sense. The NWF has called for reforms within the Corps of Engineers to eliminate...

2008-08-05 09:00:03

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was hospitalized in serious condition Monday after the car he was driving left a rural road in the Mississippi Delta and flipped several times. Freeman, 71, was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., about 90 miles north of the accident in rural Tallahatchie County. The actor "has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage but is in good spirits," according to a statement from Donna Lee, Freeman's publicist. A hospital...

2008-08-05 06:00:03

By Chris Joyner and Scott Bowles Morgan Freeman had surgery Monday evening to repair injuries suffered in a car accident late Sunday near his Mississippi home. The Oscar-winning actor, 71, "has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage but is in good spirits," his publicist, Donna Lee, said in a statement. Freeman and a passenger, Demaris Meyer, were hurt after a 1997 Nissan Maxima registered to Meyer left a rural highway and flipped several times in Tallahatchie County...

2008-07-20 06:00:28

By David Streitfeld Catfish farmers across the American South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds. "It's a dead business," said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s. Last year, Dillard and his company raised 11 million fish. Next year it will raise none. People can eat imported fish, Dillard said, just as they use imported oil. As for his 55 employees? "Those jobs are gone." Corn and soybeans...

2008-07-19 09:00:30

By DAVID STREITFELD By David Streitfeld The New York Times LELAND, Miss. Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds. "It's a dead business," said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s. Last year, Dillard & Co. raised 11 million fish. Next year it will raise none. People can eat imported fish, Dillard said, just as they use imported oil. As for his 55...

2008-07-14 21:00:18

By Chris Talbott JACKSON - When the Environmental Protection Agency says no, it means it when it comes to the Yazoo Backwater Project. In an effort to head off any future flood-control pump construction in the Yazoo River basin, EPA administrators have expanded the number of central Mississippi counties covered by its proposed veto of the project from one to six. EPA spokeswoman Laura Niles said public comment overwhelmingly called for the EPA to put a larger area off limits to the...


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