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House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

It’s “disappointing” that President Donald Trump’s administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, made the criticism during a hearing about federal immigration raids in August at seven Mississippi chicken processing ...

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Mississippi officials condemn white nationalist violence

Some Mississippi officials are denouncing white nationalist violence that killed one person and injured several others during the weekend in Virginia. “Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi. I condemn these groups in the strongest possible terms,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday on Facebook. “I have been in communication with ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nissan march: running on fumes

A rally was staged Saturday in Canton to protest conditions at the gleaming-white, mile-long Nissan plant. The creation of 6,400 superior jobs does present some situations. Granted, losing fingers in on the job is bad, but, sadly, things like that happen in heavy industry. And keeping the line moving when an employee passes out on the plant floor and later ...

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If Raytheon gets jet contract, assembly plant in Meridian

Raytheon Co . says that if it gets an Air Force contract to build 350 training jets, its assembly plant will be in Mississippi. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company announced Monday that it has a shovel-ready site in Meridian. “We anticipate the Meridian facility will create hundreds of new jobs,” spokesman B.J. Boling said in an email. A Raytheon radar factory in Forest, Mississippi, ...

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Thompson announced $499K grant for Alcorn State

LORMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $499,794 in food and farm research funds to Alcorn State University. The grant announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. The money comes from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will be used for research and education into regional and state programs of farm profitability, ...

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Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy approval of the disaster declaration ...

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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says ...

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