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Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates being imposed as early as ...

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Senators back bill aimed at EPA's guidance policy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have renewed their fight to halt the Environmental Protection Agency from using regulatory guidance to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act. Cochran and Wicker are cosponsoring the Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act (S.1006), which would prevent the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from ...

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Democratic lawmakers propose Medicaid expansion alternative

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are proposing a way to provide health coverage to about 300,000 people without expanding Medicaid. They say Mississippi should enact a plan similar to what Arkansas is proposing — using federal money to help low-income people buy private health insurance. About two-dozen Democrats from the House and Senate attended a news conference Wednesday ...

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Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday and entered not guilty pleas ...

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Dutschke indicted in ricin-laced letters case

JACKSON — A federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials. The 5-count indictment charges 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke with developing, producing and stockpiling the poison ricin, threatening the president and others and attempting to impede the investigation. If convicted on the charges, he could face life imprisonment ...

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New VA director trying to recover hospital's reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were piling up as employees and ...

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Commerce finds subsidized shrimp imports hurting local shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supportive of the U.S. Department of Commerce taking the next steps to ensure that the shrimping industry on the Gulf Coast is protected from unfairly subsidized shrimp imports. Earlier this week, the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration announced preliminary affirmative countervailing duty (CVD) determinations on frozen warmwater shrimp imports, indicating ...

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Diamondhead attorney wins election for vacant House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — Gulf Coast attorney Patricia Willis has won the state House of Representatives District 95 special election. Complete, but unofficial, returns show Willis received 52.4 percent of the vote in yesterday’s election to defeat three other candidates. The 60-year-old Willis, from Diamondhead, is an attorney and Waveland city prosecutor. House District 95 includes parts of Harrison and Hancock counties. ...

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Candidates line up for vacant Coast House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — The four candidates running for a South Mississippi seat say they are worried that turnout will be low Tuesday. The Sun Herald reports that the special election falls between a municipal runoff and a general election. Attorney Patricia H. Willis, fourth-grade teacher Sherri Carr Bevis, federal retiree Grant Bower and insurance salesman Tommy Ballard are running to replace the ...

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