TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says state and local governments should pay for cleanups of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other iconic waterways. The proposed federal budget for 2018 would eliminate $427 million for regional water restoration initiatives. But the programs have bipartisan support in Congress. Backers say states and local governments already do their share and federal involvement is essential to keep the cleanups on track.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard is investigating how a towboat pushing 14 barges struck the Old Highway 80 Bridge in Vicksburg. The collision happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Brehaut tells The Vicksburg Post 11 of the boats that got loose were corralled and pushed onto the left riverbank by 4:30 p.m.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he won't ask lawmakers to consider a lottery during a special session next month. Republican Bryant says that the session, starting June 5, will focus on finishing the state budget. He says he might also ask legislators to consider yet-unspecified "budget controls" to address credit rating agencies' concerns about Mississippi's finances.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is the latest front line in the broad debate over the public display of Confederate symbols. The Biloxi mayor ordered city buildings to stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem. That has sparked protest and praise in the city with a racially diverse population.
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