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Officials react to House's failure to pass Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted down their version of the 2013 Farm Bill yesterday afternoon by a vote of 234-195. Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that was very disappointing. “Our farmers need a Farm Bill passed and they need it passed now. Without a Farm Bill, farmers could have trouble getting production loans, equipment ...

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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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State Rep. Gibbs dies of cancer at 76

TUPELO — State Rep. David Gibbs, recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes, died yesterday. He was 76. Gibbs, who had cancer, died about 5 a.m. yesterday, said Rep. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. He had been hospitalized at Northeast Mississippi ...

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Ailing state lawmaker withdraws letter of resignation

WEST POINT — Mississippi House officials say ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature. A letter of resignation from Gibbs was never filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, so the resignation never took effect, said Nathan Wells, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn. When the legislative session opened Tuesday, ...

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State lawmaker filing resolution on Sandy-recovery funding

JACKSON — A Democratic state lawmaker is filing a resolution that urges Mississippi’s entire congressional delegation to support federal spending for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The resolution by Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis isn’t expected to mention Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo by name. But, it’s a rebuke of Palazzo’s vote last week against putting $9.7 billion into the ...

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State Sen. Harden dies after serving for quarter-century

JACKSON — State Sen. Alice Harden, a Democrat from Jackson who fought for better public and higher education programs, has died. She was 64. Her death was announced today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Funeral arrangements are pending. Harden had served in the Senate since 1988. She had served as chairman of both the education and universities and colleges committees. ...

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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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Latham in D.C. discusses disaster recovery with lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director is making recommendations to Congress about streamlining the recovery process in large disasters. Robert Latham says after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi officials were frustrated that the federal government required separate environmental and historic preservation reviews for some projects. He says the duplicated efforts slowed recovery and a single review would ...

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Speaker Gun conducting 'ideas tour' next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn is holding an “ideas tour” in October. The Republican from Clinton says the nonpartisan public meetings are designed so people can tell him what issues they want lawmakers to consider. On Oct. 8, meetings are set for 9 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1 p.m. at Greenwood City Hall and 4:30 p.m. ...

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Former House member Bowles dies at 78

HOUSTON — William Eugene “Billy” Bowles, who served 20 years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and ran Bowles Grocery for 34 years, has died. He was 78. Officials with Houston Funeral Home said today Bowles died yesterday at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Houston First United Methodist Church in Houston. Bowles, ...

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