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Morning Radio Newscast — December 21st
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December 21, 2016 -

NATCHEZ, Miss. – City officials will continue searching for a Natchez tourism director after their final candidate backed out. Mayor Darryl Grennell said he met with her Tuesday to firm up details of the job, but she decided not to take it. Grennell declined to identify the prospect. “I’m not going to give any names,” he said. The mayor said he’ll meet after the holiday season with the Natchez Board of Aldermen and Convention Promotion Commission to decide what direction to take. The Board of Aldermen in April ousted then-tourism director Kevin Kirby and the six-member Convention Promotion Commission after they bickered for months about how the city’s tourism program was being managed. The CPC has since been refilled with new members. City officials since summer have been actively seeking a permanent tourism director with an advertised salary of $75,000 to $100,000 a year. A pool of applicants was shrunk to the two interviewed Saturday in a meeting closed to the public by the Board of Aldermen.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The Navy will pay Huntington Ingalls Industries $1.46 billion to design and build an amphibious assault ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The contract, announced Monday, adds another $1.19 billion to the $270 million already awarded to Ingalls for advance work.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An assistant state attorney general told a Jackson jury that the district attorney in Mississippi's largest county inappropriately _ and in violation of the law _ gave advice to a criminal defendant. Assistant Attorney General Bob Anderson told the jury Tuesday he would prove that Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith conspired to hinder the drug dealing prosecution of Christopher Butler.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A farm association official says farmers have done a great deal to reduce water pollution from farm runoff _ but an environmental attorney says levels are about the same as nine years ago. That's when 11 groups sued, demanding federal limits for nitrogen and phosphorus in water. A judge has given the Environmental Protection Agency more time to work with states on cutting runoff of the chemicals, which are blamed for oxygen-depleted "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and three people who beg for money at traffic intersections are suing a southeast Louisiana city that requires permits for panhandling. The lawsuit filed in federal court in New Orleans says the city of Slidell's requirement violates the panhandlers' First Amendment rights.

(LRN) — Winter Solstice officially began at 4:44 this morning, according to State climatologist Barry Keim. He says we've been experiencing some cold temperatures this week, but the Climate Prediction Center is calling for warmer and drier than normal conditions for the next three months. "This doesn't mean we won't get some cold air intrusions, but when we add it all up after the three months, we should average above normal with temperature and below normal with precipitation," said Keim. Keim says this forecast is based partly because of the weak La Nina conditions currently in place. "Which tends to create cool and wet conditions in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest," said Keim. "But dry and warm conditions across the southern third of the United States." Keim says the chance of having a white Christmas in Louisiana this year is basically nill. He says this prediction doesn't mean we won't see some cold air this winter. "But by and large the chances of seeing snow or frozen precipitation is certainly reduced with a forecast like this for the next three months," said Keim. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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