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McMillan retiring at MDRS

After 22 years at the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the last 18 as Executive Director, H.S. “Butch” McMillan has announced he is retiring, effective June 30. McMillan’s career began as a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992.  As executive director at MDRS, he successfully gained legislative support to expand services that promote employment and independence ...

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Rep. Howell decides not to seek re-election to House

KILMICHAEL — A long-time state lawmaker from north Mississippi says he’s not seeking re-election next year. Republican Rep. Bobby Howell of Kilmichael said yesterday that he announced his plans early because he wants to give people time to consider running. He has been in the House since 1992, and his District 46 includes all of Montgomery County and parts of ...

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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community colleges. Bryant is holding an ...

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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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Senate race overshadows elections for all House seats

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In addition to a U.S. Senate race, all four of Mississippi’s U.S. House seats are on the ballot tomorrow. In the northern 1st District, Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee is challenged by Democrat Ron Dickey, Libertarian Danny Bedwell and the Reform Party’s Lajena Walley. In the 2nd District, which includes the rural Delta counties and most of the ...

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State Rep. Patterson switches from Democrats to GOP

BILOXI — State Rep. Randall Patterson of Biloxi switched to the Republican Party on Thursday, boosting the GOP majority in the lower chamber of the Mississippi Legislature to 66-56 with 2015 elections just around the corner. Patterson, a 66-year-old mechanical contractor who has served in the Legislature as a Democrat since 2004, made the announcement Thursday at Biloxi City Hall ...

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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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Nunnelee coming home to recover from brain surgery, stroke

TUPELO — U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee says he’s returning to Mississippi to continue recovering from a stroke. The 55-year-old Republican from Tupelo had a stroke while undergoing brain surgery June 9 in Texas, and he has had radiation and chemotherapy in Maryland. In an email today, Nunnelee says the surgery and treatment have separated him from people and places he ...

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Congressional delegation applauds Air Force's decision on Keesler, but not satisfied

BILOXI — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) along with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are welcoming a U.S. Air Force decision to rescind personnel restrictions on the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, and have indicated their continuing commitment to demand that the Air Force justify its targeting of the squadron for deactivation this ...

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Former state lawmaker Green dies at home at age 62

GLOSTER — Former state Rep. David Green, who championed higher salaries for state employees in a 26-year career in the Mississippi House, has died after an extended illness. He was 62. Officials with Marshall Funeral Home of Bude and with the House clerk’s office said Green died Friday at his home in Gloster. The cause of death was not released ...

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