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Committee eyeing key dates in proposed school merger

STARKVILLE — As the start of the state’s next legislative session approaches, Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation committee members say two key November dates will help give clarity to the group’s almost yearlong efforts. The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure scheduled two dates pivotal to its report: a public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at ...

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Cochran 'hopeful' that committee will advance ag research bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is hopeful legislation to allow tax-exempt donations to advance agriculture research will be acted on during this Congress. Cochran is a primary cosponsor of the Charitable Agricultural Research Act (S.1280), bipartisan legislation introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to amend the ...

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Senator introduces amendments in wake of La. levee flak

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced a series of amendments intended to ensure the safety of Mississippians from flooding or storm surge threats that might result from a new flood control proposal for Louisiana. To various degrees, the three Cochran amendments to the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (S.601 or WRDA) would force the Army ...

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Committee to look at new funding formula for universities

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A new funding formula meant to equalize state money among Mississippi’s eight universities will come before a College Board committee today and could get a vote by the full board tomorrow. In recent years, the individual universities’ shares of overall state funding have remained the same, even as enrollments have shrunk at some and grown at others. ...

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Committee raises spending ceiling on state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are giving themselves a bit more wiggle room in writing a budget for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met yesterday and voted to add $97 million to the estimate of how much money the state can spend during fiscal 2014, which starts July 1. The estimate is now slightly over $5.5 billion. A ...

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Committee approves bill limiting school district takeovers

JACKSON — State education officials could only take over a school district for three years under a bill moving forward in the Senate. The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2124, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hale, D-Senatobia. The bill goes to the Senate for more debate. Hale says that it should be clearer what has to be done for a ...

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State House's charter school bill clears committee

JACKSON — A proposal to expand charter schools is moving toward a vote in the full House. The House Education Committee voted 16-14 to approve House Bill 369 after about 90 minutes of debate. Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, says he expects the full House to vote on the measure in a “couple of days.” The Senate passed ...

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Thompson pushing Congress for levee-repair program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says Congress must establish a program to help state and local governments repair levees across the nation. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says he issued his statement in response to a report by The Associated Press that showed 326 levees covering more than 2,000 miles are in ...

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Thompson to keep chair of Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bennie Thompson is keeping his post as the top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California made the announcement yesterday, along with Thompson. He says in a statement that he hopes homeland security will continue to receive bipartisan support. He also says he wants Congress to produce comprehensive cyber security ...

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Committee recommends more evaluation of university's athletics

COLUMBUS — A broad-based committee charged with reviewing the potential for athletic programs at Mississippi University for Women has concluded its work by recommending that the university move ahead with further evaluation. The committee expressed general support for a return to athletics in some form. Committee chair Perry Sansing, assistant to the president and university counsel, said that an outline ...

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