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Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they ...

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Cochran calls scheme to photo ill wife 'bizarre'

MADISON — Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said yesterday that it’s “unfortunate” and “sort of bizarre” that somebody photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and posted her image online in a political video against him. A conservative blogger and three others have been arrested in the past week and charged with at least one felony each ...

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Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the Senate. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran ...

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Ag commissioners visit border, see need for immigration reform

SOUTH TEXAS  — Agricultural leaders from states far from the U.S.-Mexico border, including Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, visited Texas yesterday and said they are more convinced than ever of the need for immigration reform after a tour of border security operations in the Rio Grande Valley. The eight state agriculture commissioners who joined Texas Commissioner Todd Staples at a ...

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Investigation into Rose Cochran photos yields three more arrests

MADISON — Mississippi authorities have arrested a total of four men in the investigation of photos taken of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The arrests today included attorney Mark Mayfield, a member of the board of the Central Mississippi Tea Party; Richard Sager of Laurel; and John Mary of Hattiesburg. The three men were charged with conspiracy. ...

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McDaniel calls Cochran's accusations over blogger's photograph 'absurd witch hunt'

The mudslinging over a blogger taking a photograph of the ill wife of a U.S. Senator is far from over. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign says his Republican primary challenger failed to report a potential crime to authorities after learning someone briefly posted an online video with an unauthorized photo of Cochran’s bedridden wife in a nursing home. Challenger Chris ...

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Portions of forest to get beetle-fighting effort through farm bill

CHICKASAW COUNTY – A battle against a growing southern pine beetle infestation in Mississippi’s Tombigbee National Forest will be fought by the U.S. Forest Service using designations authorized in the 2014 farm bill. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday officially designated portions of the Tombigbee National Forest as a landscape-scale insect and disease treatment area that is subject to expedited ...

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New leadership course looks to bringing more women into politics

COLUMBUS — Organizers of a leadership course for college students say they’re trying to increase the number of women in Mississippi politics. Twenty-six female students from in-state universities and community colleges are taking part this week in the bipartisan course at Mississippi University for Women. Tomorrow, they are meeting at the state Capitol with Gov. Phil Bryant, state Treasurer Lynn ...

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Blogger arrested for photographing Cochran's ill wife

JACKSON — A magistrate in Mississippi has scheduled a preliminary hearing Thursday for a conservative Mississippi blogger who is accused of photographing the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission. City Magistrate Dale Danks kept bond at $100,000 for Clayton Kelly, 28, at a hearing yesterday, Assistant Police Chief Robert Sanders said. Police were also looking into ...

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McDaniel, Cochran camps continue to throw barbs

JACKSON — Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel said yesterday that longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is “one of the biggest spenders in Washington” and is out of touch with Mississippi. “Sen. Cochran has a 42-year record … of being a liberal, of exploding the government’s debt, of increasing his own pay, of just about every unbelievable liberal vote one can ...

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