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Will Wicker face McDaniel challenge in 2018 Senate race?

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal In the summer of 2014, little-known state Sen. Chris McDaniel came within a political eye lash (one-half percent or 1,720 votes) of defeating the iconic Thad Cochran and putting himself in position to be Mississippi’s next U.S. senator. But McDaniel failed to garner a majority vote in that hot and contentious June Republican Party ...

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Trump nominates Hurst and Lamar as Mississippi prosecutors

President Donald Trump announced his choices Thursday to become the top federal prosecutors in Mississippi. In the southern half of the state, he selected Mike Hurst, a former assistant U.S. attorney and Republican who lost a 2015 election for Mississippi Attorney General to Democratic incumbent Jim Hood. In the northern half of the state, Trump is tapping William “Chad” Lamar, ...

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Cochran, Wicker: $4.5M for Mississippi airport improvements

Mississippi’s two U.S. senators say 19 airports in the state will benefit from more than $4.49 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, in a news release Thursday, said the grants will help Mississippi communities improve the safety and efficiency of their airports. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker says the airports ...

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Boeing picks MSU for Composite Research Center

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University and the Boeing Co. have announced the school will be the host for a research center that will lead development on composites the company will eventually use to build its aircraft. The Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center will be located at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as ...

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Wicker says Amtrak stop coming to Marks

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

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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