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Thompson announced $499K grant for Alcorn State

LORMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $499,794 in food and farm research funds to Alcorn State University. The grant announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. The money comes from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will be used for research and education into regional and state programs of farm profitability, ...

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Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy approval of the disaster declaration ...

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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says ...

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Voters pull hammer for incumbents, hunting and fishing

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters yesterday re-elected Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and all four incumbent congressmen. Cochran, 76, said he intends to serve the entire six-year term. With Republicans taking over the Senate, he could become a committee chairman. He is a former Appropriations chairman, and has steered billions of dollars to the state for hurricane recovery, university research and other ...

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Ex-Delta mayor indicted, accused of stealing city property

MOUND BAYOU — Mound Bayou’s former mayor has been indicted on charges that he stole city property and used it in his restaurant. The Bolivar County sheriff’s office said Kennedy Johnson turned himself in Thursday on the three-count embezzlement indictment and is free on $15,000 bond. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Johnson faces up to ...

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Tunica Municipal Airport lands more USDOT money for hangar

TUNICA — The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving the Tunica Municipal Airport an additional $1.1 million to help pay for a new hangar. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says Tunica County is receiving $2.5 million from the federal agency for the current federal budget year, which ends Sept. 30. The county will receive the other $1.1 million during the budget ...

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House votes for transfer of Yellow Creek Port land to state

IUKA — The House of Representatives has passed by voice vote H.R. 3044, which approves the transfer of Yellow Creek Port properties in Iuka. Located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Yellow Creek Port was developed for economic development purposes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the state of Mississippi. “Manufacturing remains one of the top drivers of ...

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Bryant protests immigrant children being housed in state

JACKSON — Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data yesterday showing that sponsors in Mississippi ...

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Palazzo defeats Taylor in 4th Congressional District primary

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Steven Palazzo has won the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo, a 44-year-old two-term incumbent from Biloxi, defeated four challengers in the primary, including Gene Taylor, a Democrat-turned-Republican who served 22 year in Congress before Palazzo beat him in 2010. Palazzo won just more than 50 percent in the primary, questioning the sincerity of ...

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Cochran-McDaniel, Taylor-Palazzo races too close to call

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in ...

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