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Stillbirth a capital crime? Mississippi Supreme Court must decide

The cause of any given miscarriage or stillbirth is difficult to determine, and many experts believe there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to drugs in utero can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. A Lamar County woman whose blood tests showed traces of illegal drug use after she birthed a stillborn child would go to trial on a manslaughter charge ...

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Congressmen live large on farm supports while fighting federal food safety net

In supporting billions of dollars in cuts to federal food assistance, a U.S. House Republican from Tennessee and a fellow GOP member from California insist the government has no business feeding the hungry but themselves receive tens of thousands of dollars annually in farm subsidies. House Agriculture Committee members Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) both cite the ...

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Stabenow, Cochran brace for full Senate vote on Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee’s 2013 Farm Bill is encountering a critical test this week on the Senate floor, where the $955billion measure is expected to draw opposition from lawmakers who wanted more money taken from farm subsidies and less from the nation’s food stamp program. However, the Senate’s bill has stirred much less regional conflict than did the one passed ...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Mississippi's new voting district lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state’s redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several weeks before ...

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Cochran helps forge compromise on farm legislation

STONEVILLE, Mississippi — After a stormy regional conflict over Farm Bill debate in 2012, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran worked cooperatively with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) to forge a compromise piece of farm legislation that garnered a 15-5 vote in the Senate Agriculture Committee today. ” (Tuesday) was one more example of Sen Cochran’s ability to create consensus, in the face ...

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APME: Obama administration has chosen to trample the First Amendment

The Associated Press Media Editors Association condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of the Justice Department in seizing phone records of The Associated Press. In condemning this action, APME joins the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and many other journalists across the country. “In a continuing witch hunt for leaks and whistleblowers, the ...

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L.A. Times' ricin arrest story portrays ‘squabbling tribes, petty vengeances’ in NE Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. — Federal agents of all sorts invaded northeast Mississippi several days ago, on a mission: Find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to the president. But the United States government quickly found itself entangled, once again, in a misunderstood land dominated by squabbling tribes and petty vengeances, the L.A. Times reports. Agents first arrested an Elvis impersonator, ...

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