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Speakes, former Reagan press secretary, dies at Delta home

CLEVELAND — Larry Speakes, a native of Merigold and press secretary for President Ronald Reagan (1981-1987), died Jan. 10 at his home in Cleveland. Speakes began his long career in the newspaper business after graduating from the University of Mississippi. He served as editor of the Oxford Eagle in 1961 and as managing editor of the […] [...]

Cochran ‘encouraged’ by effort to stop flood insurance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is encouraged by the growing momentum for the Senate to consider bipartisan legislation he helped write to stop flood insurance reforms that are having unintended and harmful economic consequences throughout Mississippi and other states. Cochran met with dozens of local officials and business leaders in […] [...]

Cochran: ‘We are making progress’ on farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, has offered his thoughts on the prospects of Congress completing a new, five-year farm bill early next year. Cochran addressed work on the farm bill during remarks to the Senate following his participation in the latest morning […] [...]

Power plant lands $181M loan from USDA

BATESVILLE — The U. S. Department of Agriculture is providing a loan for work at an electric power generation facility in Panola County. The federal agency Friday announced in a news release that it is providing $181 million to the South Mississippi Electric Power Association. The money will be used to purchase two natural gas-fired […] [...]

DoD awards $14M contract to Aurora Flight Sciences

COLUMBUS  — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says the Department of Defense has awarded a $14-million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense. In a news release, Cochran’s office said Saturday that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract […] [...]

Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. […] [...]

State granted delay in implementing teacher evaluations

JACKSON — The federal government has granted Mississippi permission for a one-year delay in the use of evaluations to hire and fire teachers. The decision was announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Mississippi and Nevada became the first two states to win approval for a delay. When Mississippi won a waiver from federal […] [...]

Defense awards $3M contract to Camgian Microsystems

STARKVILLE — Camgian Microsystems Corporation has received a $3-million contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as part of its Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program. The award, the company’s second RIF program award, will fund advancements to Camgian’s low-power, networked sensor technologies and support integration with the Army’s Standard Ground Station (SGS) and […] [...]

Proposed federal flood insurance changes bog down

WASHINGTON — Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill. The leaders of the House Financial Services Committee say they are standing behind last year’s bipartisan legislation to put the flood insurance program on sounder financial footing even as the implementation […] [...]

HUD: State lax in recruiting low-income workers for Katrina efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has upheld its ruling that the Mississippi did too little to recruit low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Port of Gulfport. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity also found the Mississippi Development Authority failed at times to track employment of […] [...]

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