Posts Tagged ‘Senator’

Former Sen. Lott hospitalized with ruptured appendix

JACKSON — A one-time aide to former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said yesterday that the Mississippi Republican has suffered a ruptured appendix. The former aide, Lee Youngblood, told The Associated Press that he has been in touch with Lott’s family. Youngblood said the 71-year-old Lott underwent surgery and is expected to recover. “He did have […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along […] [...]

Senators push Brown’s nomination for federal judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is recommending Debra Brown of Jackson, who has been nominated to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi. Cochran made his recommendation while introducing Brown at her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Debra Brown is very well qualified by ability, […] [...]

Group says purchase of historic home should wrap up this fall

VAIDEN — Organizers say the acquisition of Cotesworth as a cultural and heritage landmark should be complete by late fall. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports state Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, told Carroll County supervisors this week that with the help of $2 million from Legislature and private donations, the ancestral home of 19th century U.S. Sen. […] [...]

Barbour, Lott on hand in London to announce new Butler Snow office

JACKSON — The law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada is opening an office in London, England. The announcement was made in London by Parliament members Hugh Bayley of the Labour Party, and Tobias Ellwood of the Conservative Party and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, former Gov. Haley Barbour and former U.S. Rep. […] [...]

Senators backing sale of helicopters to Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting the possible sale to Thailand of Lakota helicopters manufactured in Mississippi. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the government of Thailand’s request to purchase six Lakota helicopters, with associated training and equipment.  The estimated cost is $77 […] [...]

Officials react to House’s failure to pass Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted down their version of the 2013 Farm Bill yesterday afternoon by a vote of 234-195. Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that was very disappointing. “Our farmers need a Farm Bill passed and they need it passed now. Without a Farm Bill, farmers could have […] [...]

Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates […] [...]

Trial date set for man accused of sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A July 29 trial date has been set for man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo is charged with sending the poison-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge […] [...]

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