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Mississippi Coast braces for storm surge from Isaac
GULFPORT -- Tropical Storm Isaac is continuing its west-northwest track over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, posing a significant storm surge threat to the northern Gulf Coast.At its present track, Isaac will make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center's 1 p.m. advisory. Where it will make landfall is still unclear, but meteorologists predict it will become a Category 1 or 2 hurricane. Currently, Louisiana and Mississippi are in the cone of uncertainty, and heavy wind, rain and storm surge are expected.Isaac has sustained winds of 65 mph and is moving at 14 mph. Officials expect a gradual decrease in its forward speed. The storm is churning toward Louisiana.South Mississippi continues to be under a hurricane warning as are portions of Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. Biloxi Sun-Herald
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Boat traffic backing up road traffic on Mississippi Coast
BILOXI -- Traffic is snarling on local streets and highways as drawbridges are opened to let boats move upriver, away from Tropical Storm Isaac.Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel said the Interstate 110 and Popp's Ferry bridges are opening repeatedly as boat owners seek safety in the rivers.He said on a typical day, 10 to 20 boats require the bridge opening. On Sunday, 106 boats passed through the draw in a 12-hour period.Most of the traffic Sunday was pleasure craft, he said. "Today we're seeing big shrimp boats."The bridge tenders are grouping as many boats as they can, he said, and then opening the bridge for 10 to 15 minutes intervals to let them pass. Biloxi Sun-Herald
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Port of New Orleans to halt cargo operations as Tropical Storm Isaac looms
Cargo operations at the Port of New Orleans will be put on hold at 5 p.m. Monday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Associated Branch Pilots, which guide deep-draft ships from the Gulf of Mexico through the mouth of the Mississippi River, halted operations Sunday night and the Crescent River Port Pilots and the New Orleans Baton Rouge Pilot Association followed that lead Monday morning, closing the waterway to deep-draft traffic until the storm passes. Port officials plan to lock down cranes, remove potential hazards from wharves and secure floating equipment in order to prepare for the storm, said port president and CEO Gary LaGrange. After the storm, the Coast Guard will determine when the river will be reopened. Times-Picayune
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Gov. Phil Bryant urges some in Mississippi to evacuate for Isaac
GULFPORT — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is urging people in low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast to evacuate for Isaac, which is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the state, even if the center of the storm comes ashore in Louisiana. Bryant said during a briefing Monday in Gulfport that 1,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen are on standby to respond, and at least 40 state troopers could be brought in to help the 80 already stationed in the southern counties. Bryant said he knows it's difficult for people to leave, but "your home will be protected." He said no decision had been made about mandatory evacuations, but he urged people near the coastline or rivers to leave. Clarion-Ledger
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‘Pork chopper’ law hasn’t helped quell feral hogs in Texas, state says
AUSTIN — When Texas legislators allowed hunters to pay to shoot feral hogs from helicopters, they made national headlines with the “pork chopper” law. A year after the law took effect, the hoopla has died down. Shooting hogs from the air isn’t wildly popular and the animals are finding ways to avoid the gunners, meaning helicopter hunting is not particularly effective for feral hog control, a state official said. “Number one, the cost is kind of limiting,” said Steve Lightfoot, a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, explaining that interest has “leveled out.” A helicopter shooting trip can cost from $300 to $1,000 per hour, sometimes with a minimum number of hours required. “It’s kind of expensive, so it’s not really a common thing to do,” said Jim Barnhill, a broker in the El Campo area who arranges helicopter feral hog hunts. “You’ve got to have a pretty thick pocketbook.” Dallas Morning News
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Ascension Parish, La., site picked for possible rare earth plant
Avalon Rare Metals Inc. has selected an Ascension Parish site for a possible rare earth elements separation plant and refinery, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday in a news release. Construction of the $300 million Geismar facility will depend on a final investment decision by Avalon in 2013. The project would create 175 new direct jobs, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates 297 new indirect jobs would result, according to the release. The Geismar plant and refinery would work in conjunction with Avalon’s mining and processing operations in the Northwest Territories of Canada, where concentrates of rare earth elements rich in the scarce “heavy rare earths” would be shipped via rail to Ascension Parish. From that concentrate, Avalon would refine 10 rare earth elements used for such purposes as providing color in flat-screen TVs and providing high-strength permanent magnets essential for hybrid and electric vehicles. Currently, China produces 95 percent of the global “rare earths” supply, and inventories have tightened after China began reducing exports in 2010. Baton Rouge Advocate
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EDITORIAL: Defending defense in Florida
It took the specter of deep defense cuts to make Gov. Rick Scott admit the truth: The federal government creates jobs, and Florida needs the jobs the federal government creates. For as long as he’s been governor, Scott has pushed back against that simple fact, arguing that the state would do just fine without Washington’s help. What changed his mind was the looming possibility of sequestration. Sequestration refers to the process under which $1.2 trillion in budget cuts will be made over 10 years, half from domestic spending and half from military spending. The process was triggered in 2011 when a congressional “supercommittee” failed to reach agreement on easing the federal deficit. The cuts are supposed to be automatic and unavoidable. Northwest Florida Daily News
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More than three-fourths of Gulf oil production shut down
The government reported Monday afternoon that 78 percent of the current daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut in as offshore operators evacuate ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said workers had been evacuated from 346 production platforms, or 58 percent of the 596 manned platforms in the Gulf. In addition, about 48 percent of the current daily natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in, the bureau reported. Houston Chronicle
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Isaac’s advance roils oil, gasoline markets
Prices for crude oil and gasoline rose today as the advance of Tropical Storm Isaac caused companies to shutter offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened Gulf Coast refineries. Crude futures for October delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.03 a barrel to $97.18, the biggest increase in a week. Forecasters are predicting Isaac will pick up strength, becoming a hurricane and making landfall early Wednesday between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle. About 24 percent of U.S. oil production and more than 8 percent of natural gas production has been affected by the storm, as oil companies pulled crews from 39 rigs, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Houston Chronicle
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Outsourcing services provider Aegis is hiring 1,000 workers at its Irving, Texas center
Aegis, the Irving-based outsourcing services provider, said today that it wants to hire 1,000 licensed and non-licensed sales people and customer service representatives at its centers in the Dallas County city. The hiring spree in DFW is part of a nationwide effort to add 4,000 U.S. workers in the next two years, Sandip Sen, global chief executive of customer lifecycle management at Aegis, said in a news release. Dallas Morning News
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