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Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform […] [...]

Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced […] [...]

Portions of forest to get beetle-fighting effort through farm bill

CHICKASAW COUNTY – A battle against a growing southern pine beetle infestation in Mississippi’s Tombigbee National Forest will be fought by the U.S. Forest Service using designations authorized in the 2014 farm bill. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday officially designated portions of the Tombigbee National Forest as a landscape-scale insect and disease treatment area […] [...]

McDaniel, Cochran camps continue to throw barbs

JACKSON — Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel said yesterday that longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is “one of the biggest spenders in Washington” and is out of touch with Mississippi. “Sen. Cochran has a 42-year record … of being a liberal, of exploding the government’s debt, of increasing his own pay, of just about every […] [...]

USDA to send final rule on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he intends to keep pressure on the Obama administration to fully establish a catfish inspection program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cochran took part in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing last week regarding implementation of the 2014 farm bill. […] [...]

FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is […] [...]

Nunnelee released from hospital, but must have brain surgery

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is out of a Washington hospital but says he faces surgery later for a small mass found on his brain. Rep. Alan Nunnelee says he was released Friday from George Washington University Medical Center. The 55-year-old had been admitted to the hospital Thursday after experiencing nausea and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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