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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington, his office announced on Monday. The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month. The announcement by Cochran’s chief of staff Brad White came as Republicans controlling the Senate had hoped to pass a budget measure ...

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Analysis: Mississippi could have tough 2018 Senate race

Mississippi’s most recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate was hard-fought and ugly, and it might be a preview of things to come in 2018. State Sen. Chris McDaniel came close to unseating longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014 by portraying the Appropriations Committee chairman as a big-spending Washington insider who belonged to an out-of-touch political elite. Voters ultimately chose ...

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State’s federal delegation praises GOP tax overhaul framework

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal  Guidelines for tax reform released last week by the White House and congressional leaders are winning praise from most of Mississippi’s federal lawmakers. President Donald Trump’s administration and key committees from the U.S. House and Senate have released a set of guidelines that sketch out a rough draft of legislation intended to overhaul the ...

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Jackson-area students complete summer internships with Cocharn

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended four Jackson-area students who completed eight-week summer internships in his Washington office and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Carley Causey of Jackson worked with Cochran’s administrative staff this summer, in addition to working on constituent services. Causey, a Jackson Preparatory School graduate, is a senior business law major at the University of Mississippi. She ...

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Federal grant will support completion of upgrades at Jackson airport

U.S. senators from Mississippi have announced a multi-million dollar federal grant for improvements at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced a $5.17 million federal grant on July 31. The grant will fund the final phase of the airport’s west taxiway lighting system, which is nearing the end of its usable life cycle. According to a ...

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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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Ole Miss grad completes Senate internship with Cochran

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended Melissa Ramsey of Ridgeland, a University of Mississippi graduate, for successfully completing a semester-long internship in his Washington office. Ramsey assisted Cochran’s office in several capacities, including constituent services, correspondence, administrative tasks and assorted legislative duties. Ramsey earned a degree in English from Ole Miss in 2016 and is on track to attend ...

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Mississippi gets $13M in grants to fix roads damaged in 2016

Mississippi will get $13 million in federal money to repair roads damaged by storms and flooding in 2016. Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced the grants Wednesday. The Federal Highway Administration will give $7.9 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to repair roads, embankments, bridges and drainage structures in 21 counties damaged by March 2016 storms. A second $5.1 ...

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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

By LISA MONTI Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities. Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has to import the most basic commodities from Vietnam ...

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Cochran named chair of senate appropriations

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today received the approval of his Republican colleagues to serve as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the 115th Congress. The Senate Republican Conference met Thursday to ratify committee chairmen for the new Congress, and approved Cochran’s selection by members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to lead the committee for a third, ...

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