UPDATE: Obama picks two Mississippians for agencies

JACKSON – President Obama has appointed two native Mississippians to government posts.

On Wednesday, Obama nominated Sam Hamilton as director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Bob Abbey as director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Hamilton, a Starkville native and a graduate of Mississippi State University, is a career biologist and director of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast region. Hamilton has been with the service 30 years, the last 12 as Southeast regional director in Atlanta.

Abbey is a Clarksdale native and lives in Reno, Nev. He was the chief architect of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative, initiated in 1999 after a wildfire that burned 2 million acres of public land.

Abbey headed BLM’s Jackson office from 1992 to 1995. He retired in July 200

The Associated Press