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Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps’ ...

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Cochran, McDaniel recruit celebrities in bid for Senate seat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is pitching his support for Sen. Thad Cochran in a new TV ad paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s the latest in a string of celebrity endorsements in a hard-fought and often bizarre race in which a tea-party backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is trying to unseat the ...

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UPDATED: U.S. Chamber boosting Cochran with $308,000 in new ad spending

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is about to re-enter the Mississippi Senate race, laying down TV reservations for the last week of the runoff campaign between Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and his challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Politico reports. Politico said two sources closely monitoring the state say that the Chamber will start a fresh round of advertising beginning Monday. ...

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Weary? Cochran-McDaniel runoff means more politicking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters already weary of the ugliest campaign in a generation are bracing for another three weeks of tear-down-your-opponent politicking. Challenger Chris McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran head toward a runoff in the tea party’s strongest attempt this year to unseat a powerful longtime lawmaker. Automated phone calls have already started, and independent groups are pledging significant financial ...

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Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s at least a third more ...

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Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop local governments from restricting employer ...

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Debate should continue about tort awards and limitations

In a recent story by Clay Chandler, a federal appeals court has ruled that Mississippi’s tort cap does not violate separation of powers A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising out of civil litigation does not violate the state’s constitutional separation of powers. The cap was the ...

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*Update* Does the U.S. Chamber need to do some homework?

Correction: A gentleman from the Chamber e-mailed me this morning (March 22) to say that his organization’s report states that a cut-off date of March 2010 was used. Because the Kemper project and Gulf LNG “were not complete as of March 2010-in fact, they’re not complete as of today-they were included. The third project, Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant, was included ...

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Wicker honored by Chamber

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was recently honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and presented with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his pro-business record during the first session of the 111th Congress. According to the scorecard, Wicker maintained an 86 percent rating with the Chamber this year and collectively holds a 94 percent ranking during his tenure in Congress. ...

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Chamber gives Cochran high marks

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was recently honored on Capitol Hill by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and presented with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his pro-business record during the first session of the 111th Congress. Eligibility for the award is based on how members of Congress vote on key business issues, which the Chamber outlines in its annual publication ...

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