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Wicker says Amtrak stop coming to Marks

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MARKS — Railroad and Mississippi officials say Amtrak will establish a permanent stop in Marks in the heart of the Delta. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., says in a news release Friday that the decision was reached after talks among Amtrak, the Canadian National Railway and local and state officials. No opening date for the stop has been announced. Wicker ...

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Bill will open more of Gulf to energy exploration

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JACKSON — Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are supporting legislation to expand energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican lawmakers have joined as sponsors of a bill that will also provide additional revenue for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., would amend a 2006 law to open parts ...

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Mississippi man cleared of poison-letters charges sues feds

JACKSON — An Elvis impersonator and singer in Mississippi is suing the federal government for wrongful arrest after he was charged and later cleared of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama. Paul Kevin Curtis filed a lawsuit April 30 in federal court, claiming that prosecutors continued to hold him in jail even after they knew there was no evidence ...

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Mississippi highway dept. applies for I-22 designation

TUPELO — The Mississippi Transportation Commission has authorized the Mississippi Department of Transportation to submit an application for approval to designate U.S. Highway 78 as Interstate 22 in north Mississippi. The highway, which connects Memphis to Birmingham via New Albany, Tupelo and Fulton, requires an approval process in federal law but it already meets all interstate standards and will connect ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Wicker, Cochran and the Iran-a-Muck letter

Forty-seven United States Senators, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, signed a letter recently to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran did not. The letter set out to explain the nuances of our U.S. Constitution to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The letter also described how the Senate might scuttle any agreement ...

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Wicker to vote against attorney general nominee Lynch

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker says he will vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the nation’s next attorney general. Senate Democrats blocked legislation Tuesday to help the victims of human trafficking amid a partisan dispute over abortion that threatens to sink the once-uncontroversial measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put off Lynch’s confirmation vote until ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Roger Wicker: Profile in discouragement

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker has become a voice in the Wilderness, a Lone Voice in the Wilderness. Last week the United States Senate voted 98-1, declaring, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Most folks have a hard time reading the words “Sense” and “Senate” together in the same sentence. The ...

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Wicker named chairman of Senate seapower subcommittee

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker has been named chairman of the Senate seapower subcommittee. The announcement was made Thursday by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. The Subcommittee on Seapower is responsible for Navy and Marine Corps programs and procurement, maritime issues, and strategic lift programs for the Department of Defense Wicker says the subcommittee’s duty ...

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Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy approval of the disaster declaration ...

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Wicker to preside over US Senate on first day of Congress

JACKSON — Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will serve as presiding office of the U.S. Senate during the first day of the 114th Congress, which convenes today. Wicker, a Republican, will preside from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The segment will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 2. Wicker announced the opportunity Monday. Wicker was recently elected chairman of the National Republican ...

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