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Washington Post: Thompson, Wicker directed public money to private interests

A Washington Post investigation called “Capitol Assets” names members of Congress who have helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to dozens of public projects for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by them or their family members. Mississippi’s Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Roger Wicker were named in the report. Rep. Bennie Thompson ...

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Farm subsidies, other programs face cuts up to $35 billion

Agricultural programs could be cut by $30 billion to $35 billion in the 2012 farm bill, warned Carlisle Clarke, legislative assistant to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in an interview with The Southeast Farm Press. “Last fall, in the debt ceiling discussions, each congressional committee was charged with offering up a package of cuts for programs under their jurisdiction,” he said ...

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March MDA trip aims to expand state's Israel business ties

he Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel from March 17-22. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in Israeli markets. During the business development mission, delegates will meet one-on-one with qualified ...

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Post-hurricane season oil spill inspections complete

GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality reports the post-hurricane season shoreline oil spill inspections for Mississippi have been completed. These inspections were conducted to ensure that no additional oil impacts occurred as a result of storms passing through the Gulf of Mexico during the 2011 hurricane season. In Mississippi, 111 shoreline segments, consisting of approximately 40 miles, were ...

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Reeves not sure if schools will have to dip into reserves

JACKSON — It’s too early to decide whether local school districts should be required to tap into their financial reserves if there’s a dip in state education funding for the coming budget year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday. When Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, unveiled his budget last week, he recommended that the 152 local districts should use ...

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Hood unhappy over snub by GOP-controlled House

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is steamed because a state House committee wouldn’t let him testify on a bill that would cut his authority. Under the bill, any state agency would be able to hire its own lawyer without Hood’s approval. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 today to approve the bill, setting it up for a vote of ...

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Mild weather impacts TVA's sales, earnings

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Milder weather than last year in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service region drove sales of electricity down 5 percent for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2011, compared with the same period last year, TVA said in its quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lower-than-expected sales and resulting lower revenue is causing TVA to revisit ...

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Butler Snow opens new office in Pennsylvania

JACKSON — Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC has opened a new office in Fort Washington, Pa. Burt Snell has joined the firm and will be located in the new Fort Washington office. Snell is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Group where he focuses on mass torts, pharmaceutical and medical devices, product liability, complex commercial litigation and ...

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Services dropped at Ocean Springs health office

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Health’s has suspended some services and cut hours at its office in Ocean Springs. The clinic no longer offers medical or environmental services. It is open Wednesdays and Thursdays only for WIC, the federally funded health and nutrition program for women, infants and children. Previously, the office offered a range of services, including ...

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Zoo owners ask judge to return animals

COLLINS  —  The owners of the Collins Zoo have asked a judge to return 11 animals seized for relocation on state wildlife officers in January. The owners, Gus and Betty White, are asking the Covington County Circuit Court to review a justice court order that led to the Jan. 25 seizure of tigers, wolf hybrids, leopards, cougars and a Rhesus ...

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