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DAVID DALLAS: Cochran vs. McDaniel, the final chapter

Perhaps now, nearly a year later, the final chapter has been written in one of the ugliest Republican primary races in U.S. Senate history. It was just too tawdry a tale to end after aging and “established” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran pulled out a controversial victory over the state’s Tea Party darling, Chris McDaniel. The Tale of the Mississippi’s Republican ...

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Man pleads guilty to conspiracy for taping senator’s wife

CANTON — A man accused of videotaping the ill wife of a U.S. senator during a heated election campaign has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Clayton Kelly of Pearl, Mississippi entered the plea Monday. He faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing was set for June 15. “We are pleased that Clayton Kelly did accept responsibility ...

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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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Cochran hires new director, Brad White, for state offices

JACKSON — A former Mississippi Republican Party chairman is becoming the new director of Sen. Thad Cochran’s state offices, where he’ll be in charge of constituent services. Brad White begins the new job June 1. He succeeds Brad Davis, who is going to work for a private law firm. White has been deputy state auditor and chief of staff for ...

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Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday. The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. The senator’s former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after ...

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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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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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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, ...

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Cochran announces $220M helicopter contract in Miss.

COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is for the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. Congress approved $401.6 million overall for additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters in ...

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