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Cochran becomes chairman of Senate Appropriations panel

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved an organization resolution that, among other things, affirmed committee chairmanships for the new Congress. Cochran’s selection was initiated by Republican members of the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Cochran, 77, was re-elected to a seventh term in November. Cochran ...

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And away we go — Mississippi lawmakers begin their 3-month session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature has started its 2015 session. The 122-member House and 52-member Senate gaveled to order at noon Tuesday at the state Capitol. During the next three months, lawmakers will consider bills to shape public policy for education, health care, transportation and other issues. They face a deadline in late March to ...

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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community colleges. Bryant is holding an ...

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Cochran carried 58 counties to Childer's 24 in Senate general election

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Here’s a glance at Mississippi counties carried by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Democratic challenger Travis Childers in Tuesday’s general election:   COCHRAN (58 counties) Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Calhoun, Carroll, Choctaw, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jackson, Jones, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, ...

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Younger, Patrick face runoff for Brown's seat in state Senate

COLUMBUS — Charles “Chuck” Younger and Bobby Patrick are headed to a runoff to decide who will replace the late Terry Brown in the state Senate. Complete but unofficial results show Younger got 41.4 percent of the vote while Patrick received 26 percent in yesterday’s election. The runoff is Nov. 25. Brown died in September after a battle with cancer. ...

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Voters pull hammer for incumbents, hunting and fishing

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters yesterday re-elected Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and all four incumbent congressmen. Cochran, 76, said he intends to serve the entire six-year term. With Republicans taking over the Senate, he could become a committee chairman. He is a former Appropriations chairman, and has steered billions of dollars to the state for hurricane recovery, university research and other ...

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No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate

JACKSON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran told Mississippi business leaders yesterday that he will be in line for a committee chairmanship if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Speaking at a state chamber of commerce event in Jackson, Cochran stopped short of saying he would chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, a powerful spending panel he once led and of which ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a ...

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Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a lack of response from EPA ...

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Has GOP primary controversy hurt Childers' chance at Senate?

MENDENHALL — Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers acknowledges he faces a tough task running for senator in Mississippi, a conservative state that hasn’t chosen a Democrat for that job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Childers doesn’t even mention his party label in his TV ads as he tries to unseat six-term Republican Thad Cochran in the Nov. ...

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