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Aug. 29, 2011

STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR

"Today we commemorate the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's crashing into the Coast and South Mississippi, the worst natural disaster in American history. 

"Tremendous progress has been made on the Coast's coming back bigger and better than ever, but there is still a lot to do.  Later today we will provide you a brief summary of progress, especially over the last 12 months.

"We extend our sympathy to those injured by Hurricane Irene.  We are glad it was not any worse than it was, but Irene is a reminder to us all that even a Category One hurricane does a lot of damage, so be prepared.

"The main purpose of this news conference is to announce a Special Session of the Legislature is being called for 10 a.m. Friday, September 2, for economic development purposes.

"We will announce the projects Wednesday and share all the information with legislators and the public at that time.

"The timing coincides with the Bond Commission meeting Sept. 19, so these large projects can get started this winter.

"Finally, I want to make you aware that an internal investigation is going on at the Department of Public Safety into inappropriate conduct related to examinations for promotions.  The investigation began late last week; the results of all the exams have been thrown out; and anyone involved in any impropriety related to this testing will be severely punished.

"We won't have any more for you on the DPS investigation until it is complete."

The Call, or Agenda, for the Special Session is here.

Confirmations to be presented to the state Senate are here.