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Cochran proposes amendment to set state waters’ limit

GULF OF MEXICO — Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out. The federal government […] [...]

Senate committee okays funding for Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved full funding for production of the U.S. Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter (NSC-8) at the Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday provided the update following the award of a $76.5-million long-lead materials contract for Ingalls to prepare for production of NSC-8. The Senate […] [...]

Nunnelee moves to Johns Hopkins; still rehabilitating from brain surgery

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Congressman Alan Nunnelee has been moved to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, to start radiation and chemotherapy, three weeks after he underwent brain surgery in Texas. His office said yesterday that the 55-year-old Republican also will continue rehabilitation to improve speech and left-side mobility problems that started after the surgery. Nunnelee […] [...]

Republicans look to regroup after turbulent primary runoff

JACKSON — The Mississippi Republican Party will need to mend rifts within its own ranks after a bitter primary between six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and a tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran won a primary runoff last week, but McDaniel’s ability to collect 49 percent against a longtime incumbent could embolden other […] [...]

Congressman Nunnelee regaining speech after brain surgery

HOUSTON, Texas — Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee’s staff says the lawmaker’s speech is improving but he continues to have difficulty with mobility on the left side of his body nearly two weeks after brain surgery. His office said that the 55-year-old Republican will continue speech and mobility rehabilitation for about another two weeks in Texas. […] [...]

Democratic candidates faceoff for seat in U.S. House

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Two Democrats face off Tuesday for their party’s nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. The House district, which crosses all or parts of 24 counties stretching from Starkville southwest through Natchez, goes to the polls to choose between Doug Magee of Mendenhall and Dennis Quinn of Magnolia. Magee, a 72-year-old semi-retired lawyer […] [...]

Congressional delegation backs county’s bid for FEMA reimbursement

JACKSON COUNTY — Mississippi lawmakers representing South Mississippi are throwing their support behind an effort by Jackson County to be reimbursed for nearly $1 million spent on disaster recovery projects undertaken after Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), have sent a letter supporting […] [...]

USDOT: State ranks 10th in nation in bad bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A recent report of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) indicates that motorists travel over the state’s 2,274 structurally compromised bridges approximately 1.2 million times every day. The data shows that of the 17,044 bridges in Mississippi, over 13 percent are in need of replacement. The […] [...]

Brain surgery affects Nunnelee’s speech, mobility

HOUSTON, Texas — Brain surgery on a Republican congressman from north Mississippi has at least temporarily harmed his ability to talk and move the left side of his body. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo had surgery Monday at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, to remove a small mass on […] [...]

Cochran, McDaniel exchange jabs on federal spending, deficit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are beginning to fire directly at each other, even as party officials prepare to make their runoff official. Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran visited Forrest General Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg today, highlighting both as programs he’s helped finance. Cochran says […] [...]

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