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Cochran questions proposed chronic disease grants

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services to explain how plans to create a chronic disease grant program would benefit rural states like Mississippi that might not have the resources to effectively compete for the new grants. Cochran serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee ...

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Palazzo's staffers depart, Janus takes leave of absence

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has taken a leave of absence to take over temporarily as chief of staff for freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo. The announcement came March 30 from Palazzo’s and Janus’ offices. Palazzo, a Republican , announced Erskine Wells, his chief of staff, and Jonathan Samford, his press secretary, both left after three months to ...

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Barbour calling special session over museums

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll call a special session within the regular legislative next week so the House and Senate can quickly consider funding for a civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum. The two projects have stalled during the regular session, and Barbour said today that he thinks it will be faster for lawmakers ...

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Entergy Mississippi: Audits find proper practices, procedures

JACKSON — According to Entergy Mississippi Inc., two independent professional firms hired by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to assess the Jackson-based utility have found Entergy Mississippi’s practices and procedures related to fuel and energy procurement are sound, and there have been no improper charges by the company to its customers. These are the fourth and fifth MPSC-commissioned, independent audits ...

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The Curtis Wilkie Tapes (UPDATED)

By Stephen McDill RAYMOND- Veteran political journalist and author Curtis Wilkie spoke to honors students at Hinds Community College on Wednesday, regaling them with stories from the many political trails he has traveled in his long career- from Jimmy Carter to John McCain. The Greenville native’s newest book “The Fall of the House of Zeus” details the self-destruction of billionaire ...

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MEMA receives reports of damage from storms

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports from two counties for the severe weather system that moved through the state March 29-30. The reports from the counties are as follows as of yesterday: • Copiah — Sixteen roads are closed due to debris/flooding and 10 roads are closed due to damage. • Simpson — Three ...

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It's official: Northrop spinning off shipbuilding

PASCAGOULA — Northrop Grumman Corp. is officially disposing of its troubled shipbuilding division — including major shipyards in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia — by handing off shares in a new company to its stockholders. Northrop Grumman stockholders will have one share of the new company, called Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., for every six shares of Northrop they own. The new ...

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Judge recuses himself from redistricting lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers show no signs of resolving their redistricting fight before the scheduled end of their session in a few days, but there was a significant development yesterday in a related court case. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan removed himself from a legislative redistricting lawsuit filed by the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP because Jordan learned that one ...

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Legislators approve $5.5B state budget

JACKSON — With an apparent deal in hand on a $5.5-billion state budget, Mississippi lawmakers will be busy the next few days ironing out details with dozens of budget-tied bills expected to move. Late last night, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement that House and Senate negotiators had reached agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that begins ...

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