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2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran’s funeral

(AP) — 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 Mississippi died Thursday at age 81.

Two funeral services are scheduled. One is Monday at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. The other is Tuesday at Northminster Baptist Church in the city.

Cochran’s former chief of staff, Brad White, says that Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont will speak Tuesday. Shelby is a Republican. Leahy is a Democrat and often traveled with Cochran.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is among those speaking during the service Monday.

Visitation is Sunday at the University of Mississippi law school in Oxford.