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Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he's asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans...

Fight over district's racial makeup back at appeals court

Jun. 11, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mississippi officials asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn a district court ruling that said boundary lines for a state Senate district illegally diluted vote African American voting strength. Mississippi's Legislature redrew the lines for Senate District 22 in March after...

Republican Reeves holds $6.3M in Mississippi governor's race

Jun. 10, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has five times as much cash to spend in the final five months of the governor's race as his best-financed opponent, and he's already spending at a rapid clip. Reports filed Monday show Reeves continues to lead all candidates in fundraising, with $6.3...

Mississippi seeks seafood disaster amid spillway complaints

Jun. 7, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor wants the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster as freshwater from a Mississippi River spillway gushes into what's normally a partly salty estuary, killing countless oysters and crabs. The unprecedented second opening of Louisiana's Bonnet...

Lawmakers send $850,000 to fee-charging Ole Miss preschool

Jun. 5, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers have earmarked $850,000 for a tuition-charging University of Mississippi preschool between 2016 and 2019 as they struggled to find money to expand other preschools statewide, The Clarion Ledger reported. The Oxford preschool is operated by the Ole Miss School of Education...

Correction: Thad Cochran Funeral story

Jun. 5, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story June 4 about the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Patrick Leahy said: "He even looked the part, right out of central casting — all that distinguished gray hair." Leahy said: "He even looked the part, right...

The Latest: Thad Cochran was 'senator's senator,' Leahy says

Jun. 4, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Two U.S. senators from different parties say Republican Thad Cochran cared deeply about Mississippi, the state he represented in Washington for more than 45 years. Republican Sen....

Gov. Bryant: Former Sen. Cochran was 'all-American leader'

Jun. 3, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Before Thad Cochran of Mississippi became one of the longest-serving U.S. senators in history, he earned varsity letters in four high school sports, delivered milkshakes as a restaurant carhop, became an Eagle Scout, was a college cheerleader and fraternity president and served in the...

Money leaders to speak at funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

May. 31, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, will speak at the funeral of former Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, a Republican who led the committee for several years and was known for working across party lines. Cochran was 81 when...

The Latest: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran's funeral

May. 31, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years. The Republican former senator from...