Posts Tagged ‘Roger Wicker’

Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama’s desk

WASHINGTON — After three years of work, a Farm Bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 yesterday by a margin of 68-32. Both of Mississippi’s senators — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker — voted in favor of the bill. “Speaking for […] [...]

Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators […] [...]

Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United […] [...]

Senators have concerns over airline merger’s impact

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have sent a letter to the Transportation Secretary and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over concerns about the possible impact in Mississippi by the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger. Cochran and Wicker wrote: “It is our understanding that the Departments of Transportation and Justice […] [...]

Ricin letters suspect to appear at change-of-plea hearing

TUPELO — A Mississippi man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge is scheduled to appear at change-of-plea hearing today, according to NBC News. James Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, has denied sending letters containing the deadly substance ricin. In November, while Dutschke was behind bars, he was charged again with attempting to […] [...]

Lawmakers back plan to shift personnel to Seabee base

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are supporting a U.S. Navy plan to station additional personnel at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport this year. The Navy has informed the Mississippi lawmakers of its intent to relocate the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 (NMCB) to Gulfport, […] [...]

Lawmakers want protection for Cooper’s plant in China

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), have asked U.S. diplomatic and trade representatives to help protect the interests of an American company, while dysfunction at a joint venture in China poses risks to U.S. jobs in Northeast Mississippi and elsewhere. The lawmakers are among a […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters pleads not guilty

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment. James Everett Dutschke was scheduled for an arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but his lawyer filed a waiver of appearance and entered the not guilty plea on his […] [...]

Dutschke to face second charge involving ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow on a new charge. James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. A new […] [...]

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