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Supervisors reject architect’s bill for new jail design work

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has denied a claim by the jail architects they fired last week. Both the board attorney and the president of the board said yesterday the company, The Goldberg Group, billed the county for services that hadn’t been completed. The Sun Herald reports instead of paying a $68,000 […] [...]

Cochran ‘hopeful’ that committee will advance ag research bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is hopeful legislation to allow tax-exempt donations to advance agriculture research will be acted on during this Congress. Cochran is a primary cosponsor of the Charitable Agricultural Research Act (S.1280), bipartisan legislation introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie […] [...]

Cochran backing bill to delay flood insurance premium increase

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would delay planned National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases for one year. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that approved legislation that would, among other things, impose a one-year prohibition on the use of any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) […] [...]

CenterPoint customers to see increase in monthly bill

JACKSON — Rates are going up for CenterPoint’s natural gas customers in Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that will cost the average CenterPoint residential customer an additional $1.58 a month. The average small commercial customer will pay about $4 more per month. The increase goes into effect today, the company […] [...]

Officials react to House’s failure to pass Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted down their version of the 2013 Farm Bill yesterday afternoon by a vote of 234-195. Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that was very disappointing. “Our farmers need a Farm Bill passed and they need it passed now. Without a Farm Bill, farmers could have […] [...]

Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates […] [...]

Mississippi Power opposes energy-efficiency rules

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A number of utilities and consumer groups say they support proposed rules that would require Mississippi electric and gas utilities to implement programs to save energy. However, Mississippi Power Co. says it opposes the rules because bills could rise for customers who don’t make homes or businesses more efficient. The Public Service […] [...]

Board to ask lawmakers for additional $30M for 2015 budget

JACKSON — The College Board will seek roughly $30 million more in state money in the 2015 budget year. The board members voted today to ask the Legislature for the money for Mississippi’s eight public universities. Though the 2014 budget year doesn’t begin until July 1, state agencies begin planning requests for the following year […] [...]

Legislation aims to preserve Civil War battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that […] [...]

Investigator: Mayor double-billed, pocketed $461K

SOUTHAVEN — An investigator with the Mississippi auditor’s office has testified in court that Southaven Mayor Greg Davis submitted duplicate charges to the city and the Chamber of Commerce, and was reimbursed a total of $461,000. Davis’ attorney denied the claim. Karen Swain, an investigator with the state auditor’s office, said the city and the […] [...]

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