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Cochran seeking commitment from DHS for data center consolidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking confirmation that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to programs that promote cost savings while still meeting the nation’s domestic security needs — specifically pointing to the data center consolidation project at Stennis Space Center and advanced funding for U.S. Coast Guard ship procurement. Cochran serves on the ...

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Senate passes bill to increase education funding

JACKSON — Senators are supporting an additional $60 million for Mississippi’s education funding formula. The Senate voted 26-24 yesterday to adopt an amendment to House Bill 1476 — the state K-12 budget — taking money from Medicaid and moving it to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote with all but one Democrat for the ...

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Corps allots more funding to projects in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate an additional $14.4 million to Mississippi this year to support additional dredging, flood control and other construction and maintenance projects, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to direct additional Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T), general construction, and operation and maintenance ...

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Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a member of the Senate Commerce ...

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Hood wants settlement funds to go to prison, courts

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a check to the state General Fund for $52,697,853.73 and a check for $11,167,097.00 to the State/School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. The money, totaling $63,864,932.73, is the result of litigation involving eight cases as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (Avandia): $25,219,368.42 BASF Corporation et al (vitamin litigation): $22,509,978.76 LCD litigation: $3,844,417.09 Toyota: $433,542.74 Lender ...

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College Board wants money for transition to new funding plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state’s eight public universities. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds of the College Board made the pitch yesterday to members of the House Appropriations Committee. However, after getting a $20 million boost ...

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Report criticizes MDOT's accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

JACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges. The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of pinched budgets from five school ...

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Officials hand mayor projects list totaling $57.7M

VICKSBURG — Improvements to the city’s water and sewer system top a list of 12 proposed capital improvement projects over five years that would cost about $57.7 million. The Vicksburg Post reports the preliminary recommendations were prepared by city department heads for Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Water and sewer system upgrades alone total about $22 million in the program, which ...

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Black tells road builders 'Congress must act'

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held last week in Jackson, the ...

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