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Mississippi: Gov. appoints Wicker as Senator

The Clarion-Ledger reports: First District U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill the Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott at a news conference in Jackson this morning. ...

Barbourís decision will leave a new vacancy ó this time in the U.S. House of Representatives that will have to be filled by a special election. ...

Meanwhile, the status of a dispute between state Attorney General Jim Hood and the governor over the timing of the special election is unclear.

Hood has said it should be within 90 days after the appointment. He has said he would file suit in Hinds County Circuit Court if the two men could not come to some agreement on the issue. -- Barbour names Wicker to Senate seat | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger

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