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Beekeepers get exemption to use mite-fighting HopGuard II

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval of an emergency exemption that will allow Mississippi beekeepers access to a miticide to help control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. […] [...]

Cochran pushing for commission to study Army, National Guard

WASHINGTON — Faced with questions about the make-up of the U.S. Army in a budget-constrained, post-war era, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has signaled his support for a national commission to study the future of the Army and National Guard. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, is an original cosponsor of the […] [...]

Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency […] [...]

EPA, Justice Department to meet about former Kerr-McGee site

COLUMBUS — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice will host a meeting today in Columbus on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In […] [...]

Cochran: State Department should stay out of Nissan labor issues

CANTON — The U.S. Department of State would do well to focus on pressing international matters rather than trying to help establish a labor union at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. The United Auto Workers (UAW), with the IndustriALL Global Union, has asked the State Department to help […] [...]

Officials asking volunteers to register for more effective relief efforts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As Mississippi digs out from Monday’s tornadoes, officials are trying to manage a blessing — volunteers. The state is encouraging people who want to help with recovery to register so they can match skills with needs and make sure volunteers arrive at the right time. Already in Winston County, volunteers are manning […] [...]

Obama declares disaster in wake of storms as death toll rises

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28. Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from President Obama on April 29, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation yesterday sent a letter to the president in support of […] [...]

Lawmakers petition Obama for expedited disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – Mississippi’s congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today sent a letter to President Obama requesting full consideration of Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for an expedited federal disaster declaration in the […] [...]

Report: State ranks 10th nationally in deficient bridges

WASHINGTON — Data from a new government report show that if all the structurally deficient bridges in the United States were placed end-to-end, it would take you 25 hours driving 60 miles per hour to cross them. An analysis of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database released this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation […] [...]

Board sets date for release of part of oil spill report

NEW ORLEANS — A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5. The Chemical Safety Board said in a news release that the focus of its investigation is to prevent such accidents in the future. […] [...]

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