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Congressmen call for halt to demolition of oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Congressmen from Mississippi and Alabama want the Department of Interior to stop demolishing inactive offshore oil rigs until more study details the dangers to Gulf of Mexico fish species. Reps. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., and Jo Bonner, R-Ala., in a letter this past week to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said the program is killing tens of thousands of ...

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U.S. Senate caucus forms to focus on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus is being launched in the U.S. Senate in an effort to encourage commerce and address issues such as flood mitigation and navigation concerns. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa announced plans for the caucus today. It will also seek to help communities along the nation’s ...

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Lawmakers still hoping to debate Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program. With no debate yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill to keep Medicaid in business after the budget year ends June 30. Some Democrats had said they wanted ...

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Cochran cosponsors bill to reauthorize Wildlife Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which leverages federal funds with private resources to promote fish and wildlife conservation. Cochran is cosponsoring the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (S.51), which would reauthorize a program created by Congress in 1984 to promote greater private investment ...

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Runoff scheduled for Harden's Senate seat

JACKSON — Former Jackson city councilman Marshand Crisler and former Jackson Public Schools school board member Sollie B. Norwood will vie in a Feb. 26 runoff to complete the term of the late state Sen. Sen. Alice Harden. Harden, a Democrat from Jackson, died in December. Nine candidates were on the ballot in the special election for the District 28 ...

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School prayer bill makes it out of Senate committee

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has approved a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups. Senate Bill 2633, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Elllisville, was approved by the committee yesterday. A similar bill is pending in the House. It suggests naming events including morning announcements, football games and graduations ...

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Federal law-nullification bill killed by committee chair

JACKSON — Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won’t revive its efforts to nullify federal laws — at least not this year. Republican Scott DeLano, of Biloxi, chairman of the state House Constitution Committee, has killed a bill that sought to neutralize federal laws that displease leaders of the conservative ...

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Legislature losses another member with Gardner's death

BATESVILLE — Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68. Gardner died of “an apparent heart attack,” said Madison Drake, spokeswoman for Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. The Democrat served in the 122-member House since 2007 and had been chairman the House Ethics ...

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Legislation advances that would consolidate school districts

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — Some House members want to merge the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts. The House Education Committee has advanced House Bill 716, which would combine the two districts on July 1, 2015. It goes to the House for more debate. Rep. Toby Barker, a Hattiesburg Republican sponsoring the proposal, says students in the Oktibbeha district, recently taken ...

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