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Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the defense and prosecutors to lay ...

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Dutschke faces sentencing for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials is being sentenced in Aberdeen. James Everett Dutschke will be sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. The 42-year-old Tupelo man also pleaded guilty in January to sending the ricin-laced letters to Republican U.S. ...

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Lawmakers petition Obama for expedited disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – Mississippi’s congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today sent a letter to President Obama requesting full consideration of Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for an expedited federal disaster declaration in the wake of devastating weather events ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Bill introduced requiring EPA to analyze economic impact of Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are cosponsoring legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any major Clean Air Act regulation without considering its economic impact. The EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act (S.2161) was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). It would force the EPA to adhere to Section 321(a) of ...

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Senators urge Commerce to enforce antidumping of Asian fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mississippi’s senators are encouraging the U.S. Department of Commerce to uphold a fair trade decision that begins to protect U.S. catfish producers from underpriced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, a bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), have asked the commerce secretary ...

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Congress passes bill that eases flood insurance premium hikes

WASHINGTON — Less than two years after passing major legislation aimed at reforming the government’s much-criticized flood insurance program, Congress yesterday sent President Barack Obama a bill to scale back many of the resulting big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure would also allow below-market insurance rates to be passed on to people ...

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Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a member of the Senate Commerce ...

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OSHA backs off regulations on small farms' grain storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pleased that small family-owned farms will not be subjected to unlawful scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under pressure from Cochran, Wicker and other lawmakers in the Senate and House, OSHA has agreed to withdraw its 2011 guidance memorandum on regulating small farms with grain ...

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Senators write Obama concerning propane supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 29 senators who have asked the Obama administration to be more engaged in overcoming a steep drop in propane supplies, a situation that is driving up prices for rural residents and farmers, according to the senators. In a letter sent to President Obama yester, the bipartisan ...

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