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ENG: William Thad Cochran (born December 7, 1937) is the senior United States Senator from Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party. First elected to the Senate in 1978, he is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and was its chairman and 2005 to 2007. Early life He was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, to William Holmes Cochran and Emma Grace (nee Berry), a school principal and a teacher, respectively. His family settled in Hinds County, Mississippi, home of the state capital, Jackson, in 1946 after a few moves around the northern part of the state. Cochran still lives in Jackson today. Cochran earned Eagle Scout as a youth and was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as an adult. He graduated valedictorian from Byram High School near Jackson and ...
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Senators eye more rural veterinary service

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D, Mich.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) introduced a bipartisan bill on May 25 aimed at addressing the shortage of veterinarians in rural areas. It is co-sponsored by an additional 13 senators. Their “Veterinary Services Investment Act” would create a competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would allow states to customize their own veterinary programs in accordance with the needs in rural and underserved areas of that state. According to an American Veterinary Medical Assn. study, the ...

Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today presented testimony at a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on two proposed definitions for catfish — one a narrow definition and the other a broader classification that incorporates all catfish types, including the Pangasiidae ...

Sen. Cochran honor's Mississippi's fallen warriors

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) on Fridayissued a Memorial Day statement to honor the Mississippians who have given their lives in defense of the United States, including those who have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the past year. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense, submitted his statement to the Congressional Record in advance of Memorial Day. As part of his tribute, the Senator credits the people of Mississippi for their strong support of the U.S. Armed Forces. Since Memorial Day 2010, seven Mississippi soldiers have ...

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University of Texas-led Team Discovers Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft
A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They will announce the find today in Nantes, France at a meeting of the American…   » Continue Reading
Texas Astronomer Makes First Ground-Based Detection of Extra-Solar Planet Atmosphere, Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope
University of Texas at Austin astronomer and Hubble Fellow Seth Redfield has used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to make the first ground-based detection of the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system. "It's a remarkable pioneering discovery," said McDonald Observatory Director David L. Lambert. Seth Redfield is a postdoctoral researcher and…   » Continue Reading
Texas Astronomers Discover Multi-Planet System Around Unexpected Star; May Alter Theories of Planet Formation
University of Texas at Austin astronomers William Cochran and Michael Endl, working with graduate students Robert Wittenmyer and Jacob Bean, have used the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to discover a system of two Jupiter-like planets orbiting a star whose composition might seem to rule out planet formation. This NASA-funded study has implications for theories of planet formation.

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