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State Sen. Harden dies after serving for quarter-century

JACKSON — State Sen. Alice Harden, a Democrat from Jackson who fought for better public and higher education programs, has died. She was 64. Her death was announced today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Funeral arrangements are pending. Harden had served in the Senate since 1988. She had served as chairman of both the education and universities and colleges committees. ...

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Thompson to keep chair of Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bennie Thompson is keeping his post as the top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California made the announcement yesterday, along with Thompson. He says in a statement that he hopes homeland security will continue to receive bipartisan support. He also says he wants Congress to produce comprehensive cyber security ...

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Craft beer lobby now to push for 'growler' sales

JACKSON — Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi’s beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of “growlers,” large containers of fresh draft beer to go. But upon review, it’s already allowed. And some gourmet beer outlets already have been selling the 64-ounce growlers. “It was ...

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Latham in D.C. discusses disaster recovery with lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director is making recommendations to Congress about streamlining the recovery process in large disasters. Robert Latham says after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi officials were frustrated that the federal government required separate environmental and historic preservation reviews for some projects. He says the duplicated efforts slowed recovery and a single review would ...

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Leaders hoping to meet with Corps over critically low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Federal lawmakers from Mississippi River states hope their meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers addresses the waterway’s critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will join colleagues from middle America during a meeting today in Washington with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy. At issue is the ...

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Longtime Democratic lawmaker Turner dies at 64

WEST POINT — Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died yesterday. He was 64. Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died yesterday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he had been hospitalized ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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NFIB director backs governor's call for tax reduction action

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, Mississippi state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released a statement in response to Gov. Phil Bryant’s call to stop delaying the accelerated tax reduction as part of his proposed budget for fiscal 2014. Aldridge wrote: “This would make a big difference to a lot of small businesses. By no longer delaying the ...

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Charter school opponent moved off Education Committee

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports. Speaker Philip Gunn recently moved Democrat Linda Whittington of Schlater off the Education Committee and made her vice chairwoman of the Tourism Committee. He gave Whittington’s seat on the Education Committee to Republican ...

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