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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Mississippi's new voting district lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state’s redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several weeks before ...

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Cochran helps forge compromise on farm legislation

STONEVILLE, Mississippi — After a stormy regional conflict over Farm Bill debate in 2012, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran worked cooperatively with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) to forge a compromise piece of farm legislation that garnered a 15-5 vote in the Senate Agriculture Committee today. ” (Tuesday) was one more example of Sen Cochran’s ability to create consensus, in the face ...

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APME: Obama administration has chosen to trample the First Amendment

The Associated Press Media Editors Association condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of the Justice Department in seizing phone records of The Associated Press. In condemning this action, APME joins the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and many other journalists across the country. “In a continuing witch hunt for leaks and whistleblowers, the ...

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L.A. Times' ricin arrest story portrays ‘squabbling tribes, petty vengeances’ in NE Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. — Federal agents of all sorts invaded northeast Mississippi several days ago, on a mission: Find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to the president. But the United States government quickly found itself entangled, once again, in a misunderstood land dominated by squabbling tribes and petty vengeances, the L.A. Times reports. Agents first arrested an Elvis impersonator, ...

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Leaders of ag panels dispute GAO claim of duplicate foreign catfish inspections

The Government Accounting Office is muddying the waters with its claim that the government is unnecessarily doubling up on imported catfish inspections, say Republican leaders on both the House and Senate agriculture committees. The GAO insists needless duplication is occurring with mandates that both the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture handle catfish inspections. House Agriculture Chairman ...

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OUR VIEW: Jeopardizing a visitor industry for little in return

The Mississippi Business Journal over the years has chronicled the exodus of Mississippi corporations, trade associations and non-profit groups to Alabama’s Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and Florida’s Panhandle for their conventions and trade shows. While we lamented the loss of hospitality dollars to our state, we conceded the lure of the sparkling sand beaches and seaside golf courses these ...

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Not an Onion headline: U.S. government to spend $890K on nothing

If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story. This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing. As reported in the Washington Post, it is one of the oddest spending habits in ...

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