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Ex-state lawmaker Thames dies in Jackson at 69

JACKSON — Former state Sen. Billy Thames died yesterday of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 69. Thames’ wife, Ann, said he died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Thames was a Democrat from Mize who served in the Senate from January 1980 until January 2008. He was […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Legislators, group want PEER to review State Port expansion

GULFPORT — Two lawmakers and a community coalition are asking a legislative committee to release a report that analyzes spending on state port expansion. “This is public monies, so it should be public knowledge,” Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, D-Gulfport, said at a news conference held yesterday in Gulfport. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said […] [...]

UPDATE: Legislators learn more about growing wild hog problem

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts. The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They’re uprooting crops, destroying farm equipment and tearing up yards. John J. Mayer, a South […] [...]

Son of John Stennis dies at 78 in Jackson

JACKSON — John Hampton Stennis, a lawyer and former state legislator who was the only son of the late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, died yesterday. He was 78. Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam […] [...]

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

Cochran pushing for measures aimed at protecting shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is pushing the enforcement of trade rules that would allow the U.S. shrimp industry “to compete with international competition on a level playing field.” Cochran today submitted testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for an investigative hearing on the economic threat to the U.S. […] [...]

Residents to vote on lodging tax in October

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake aldermen have set an Oct. 8 referendum for a proposed tax on hotel and motel stays that could generate thousands of dollars for the city. Voters will be asked to approve a tax of $2 per night, and 60 percent of voters must approve. The Commercial Appeal reports the referendum, […] [...]

Will Cochran run again for Senate, or will he retire?

WASHINGTON — What will Thad do? It’s the biggest question in Mississippi politics, heading into the 2014 federal elections. The state’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran, will turn 76 in December. He has served since January 1979 and is his party’s ranking member on the Agriculture Committee. His seat is up for election next […] [...]

Ex-brigadier general, lawmaker Melancon dies at 68

BROOHAVEN — Steven L. Melancon, a retired brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former state lawmaker, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Melancon died Friday at his home in Brookhaven. Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He […] [...]

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