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Stabenow, Cochran brace for full Senate vote on Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee’s 2013 Farm Bill is encountering a critical test this week on the Senate floor, where the $955billion measure is expected to draw opposition from lawmakers who wanted more money taken from farm subsidies and less from the nation’s food stamp program. However, the Senate’s bill has stirred much less regional conflict than did the one passed ...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Mississippi's new voting district lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state’s redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several weeks before ...

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Airport's food irradiation business could create new jobs

GULFPORT — A $5-million food-irradiation facility at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is expected to increase business by officials who say it increases food safety and extends shelf life of perishable foods. Airport executive director Clay Williams tells The Sun Herald the company is “very encouraged” by its investment in its $12 million cargo warehouse. The food-irradiation business, Gateway America, is ...

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Hosemann revels in victory over Court's redistricting ruling

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is celebrating a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redrawing of the state’s voting districts. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate ...

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Fred Banks wins Inns of Court award

Fred L. Banks Jr., senior partner at Phelps Dunbar and former presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, was recently honored with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award at the 2013 Judicial Conference of the Fifth Circuit in Fort Worth, Texas. Banks has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, legislative and governmental relations, and appellate ...

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Alderman brings federal lawsuit after losing election

WEST POINT — A West Point alderman is suing in federal court to block his loss in a primary election. Jasper Pittman, the incumbent alderman in West Point’s Ward 5, missed forcing a Democratic primary runoff against Gary Dedeaux by one vote, according to final tallies. Pittman alleges in a lawsuit that the body that ran the election had no ...

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Tenn. company makes unspecified offer to lease hospital

STARKVILLE — A Tennessee company has offered to lease OCH Regional Medical Center. Capella Healthcare vice president for acquisitions Doug Johnson confirmed to The Commercial Dispatch that the for-profit firm seeks a 50-year lease of the hospital. Johnson says Capella sought the lease in an April 23 letter to the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors. He won’t say how much ...

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Ag officials say late planting reaching historical proportions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Planting of Mississippi row crops has fallen behind schedule following a spate of wet weather, according to industry experts and government officials. Ernie Flint, an agronomist at the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says many of the state’s farmers are running about month behind but still have time to catch up before it’s too late to plant ...

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First students in maritime training academy expected this summer

PASCAGOULA — Officials say classes should be underway inside Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy by the end of summer. President Irwin Edenzon tells The Mississippi Press the academy, funded through a Hurricane Katrina community development block grant, is meant to provide a skilled workforce and will help Ingalls expand its two- to four-year apprentice program to about ...

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