Posts Tagged ‘Senator’

Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s […] [...]

OSHA backs off regulations on small farms’ grain storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pleased that small family-owned farms will not be subjected to unlawful scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under pressure from Cochran, Wicker and other lawmakers in the Senate and House, OSHA has agreed to withdraw its 2011 guidance memorandum on […] [...]

Cochran, association talk water provisions in farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who met with members of the Mississippi Rural Water Association yesterday, said rural development and conservation provisions enacted with the new farm bill are intended to help rural communities meet growing demands for water and wastewater services, while reducing the amount of time it takes for eligible […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation’s battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides […] [...]

Cochran to announce whether he will run or not this month

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term in 2014. The Mississippi Republican has been in the Senate since 1978, after serving six years in the House. He turns 76 in December. Cochran spokesman Chris Gallegos told The Associated Press yesterday that […] [...]

Cochran: Navy to move Seabee personnel to Coast facility

GULFPORT — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is encouraged by the U.S. Navy’s plan to move Seabee personnel to the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport within a year. The Navy has informed Cochran, the vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriation Subcommittee, of its intent to transfer Seabee personnel to Gulfport. The permanent duty […] [...]

Senators calling on USDA to explain decisions on assistance loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have challenged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain what they call recent ill-timed decisions regarding marketing assistance loans that are creating financial uncertainty and hardships for farmers and businesses, including […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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