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Cochran prepared to get final farm bill completed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, says he is ready to engage in negotiations to finalize a new, five-year farm bill. Cochran says he welcomed a vote in the House of Representatives last Friday authorizing a conference committee with the Senate to reconcile differences in Senate- and House-passed ...

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Senators want 'immediate relief' from flood insurance

WASHINGTON — Twenty-four U.S. senators, including both from Mississippi and both from Louisiana, have signed a letter saying they want “immediate relief” for people facing steep rate increases for coverage in the National Flood Insurance Program. The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The rate hikes were passed in 2012 to keep ...

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Five candidates qualify to run for Flaggs' old House seat

WARREN COUNTY  — Five people have qualified to run in a special election to succeed Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The election is Nov. 5. A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 26. The Vicksburg Post reports that the candidates are Marie Thompson, Oscar Denton, Andrew W. Harrell, Joseph E. Williams and Christopher Green. ...

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Senate president pro tempore Brown has lung cancer; getting chemo

COLUMBUS — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown told WCBI-TV yesterday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to him about surgery. The diagnosis came last week, and Brown says he expects to have four to five months of chemotherapy. ...

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State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer

UPDATED …   State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown tells WCBI-TV (http://bit.ly/17gtc75 ) on Wednesday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to him about surgery. The diagnosis ...

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Special House election has crowded field

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Seven people have filed qualifying papers to run for the Mississippi House District 5 post left vacant earlier this year when incumbent Kelvin Buck was elected mayor of Holly Springs. The special election is set for Nov. 5. A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 26. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the candidates are Daylon ...

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Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being spent on programs large and ...

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Lawmakers pass bill transferring Trace land to city, state

WASHINGTON — Congress has approved legislation authorizing the transfer of surplus land within the Natchez Trace Parkway to the City of Natchez for public recreation purposes. The House of Representatives voted 419-1 to approve the Natchez Trace Parkway Conveyance Act of 2013 (S.304), legislation introduced by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and cosponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss). Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.) ...

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DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during a contentious hearing yesterday. “I ...

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Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which ...

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