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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 […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

State’s consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Obama signs bill funding barrier islands’ restoration, river work

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama today signed a bill that includes authorization for $693.3 million for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program was initiated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the first phase was completed in 2012. Work has included restoration of the barrier […] [...]

Barbour: McDaniel will cut federal education funding

JACKSON — Establishment Republicans backing Sen. Thad Cochran have launched a campaign to brand GOP challenger Chris McDaniel a candidate who would deeply cut federal education dollars on which Mississippi schools rely. The six-term senator, they said, would protect money for students and teachers. Former Gov. Haley Barbour offered a preview for what his pro-Cochran […] [...]

Senators write letter, call for withdrawing of EPA regulations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have signed a letter along with 39 other senators calling on President Obama to withdraw the recently announced Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. “Mississippians will be forced to pay for another Obama environmental rule that […] [...]

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

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