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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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MDA: Energy legislation press conference canceled

The Mississippi Development Authority says Tuesday’s scheduled press briefing regarding recently-enacted energy legislation has been postponed until next month. Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from the MDA, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Energy Institute and Natchez Inc. were to hold the briefing and Q&A session at the Woolfolk State Office building tomorrow. When contacted, the MDA said scheduling conflicts were the ...

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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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Health Department hosts conference to improve community health

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and partners will host the 6th Empowering Communities for a Healthy Mississippi Conference on May 21 – 24. This year’s theme is “Creating a Holistic Approach to Healthy Communities” and will focus on building healthy communities, wellness and nutrition, and behavioral, adolescent and environmental health. Conference presentations and workshops will provide knowledge and ...

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Final mission planned for Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight

It will be wheels up for the last time this October when the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight holds its final flight to honor World War II veterans. The organization announced that Honor Flight VI will depart from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The flight gives World II veterans from Mississippi a chance to visit the nation’s capitol ...

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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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