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Top Oil Spill Response Man Heads to Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The admiral in charge of the Gulf oil spill response is due in New Orleans today and will brief the media about the latest on the spill.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen has not yet responded to criticism from local officials who feel he might not be the right man to head the team.

Meanwhile, oil has now come to Mississippi and the governor says he'll press BP and the federal government for more help.

On Sunday, oil was found in at least two areas of Jackson County, and emergency management director Donald Langham said tar balls and a patch of oil were spotted at the St. Andrews beach and at the Lake Mars pier in Gulf Park Estates. The state had been mostly spared the oily mess from the a blown-out undersea well that has spewed anywhere between 69 million and 131 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.


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