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Senators propose Common Core panel as House bans PARCC test

Posted 1/30/2015 in State

Legislators are wading deeper into determining what Mississippi students will learn and how they will be tested.

 

 

McDaniel: His closed-primary bill being blocked

Posted 1/30/2015 in State

A state lawmaker who lost a contentious U.S. Senate primary last year said Thursday that he wants Mississippi to have a closed primary system that requires voters to register by party, but he thinks the lieutenant governor is blocking the way.

 

 

Greenwood doctor faces civil lawsuit related to shooting

Posted 1/29/2015 in State

A civil suit was filed against Greenwood doctor by a local attorney, who was the purported target of a failed murder-for-hire scheme, is scheduled for trial on July 20 in Lowndes County.

 

 

Plan would give up to $1.5M to Miss. music

Posted 1/29/2015 in State

Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America's Music, bowing to the state's blues heritage.

 

 

Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year's fight over vouchers for special education students looms.

 

 

Attorney McRae challenging Miss. treasurer in GOP primary

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

First-time candidate David McRae said Tuesday that he's challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year's Republican primary.

 

 

Mississippi fugitive arrested in Utah after 34 years

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

 

 

Miss. health officer opposes change to vaccine requirement

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has some of the worst rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., but public health officials brag that it ranks best in the nation for childhood immunization.

 

 

Miss. House passes pair of low-impact Common Core bills

Posted 1/23/2015 in State

Mississippi House members overwhelming approved a pair of bills Thursday that may immunize members against controversy over Common Core State Standards, but could have little effect over what's taught in the state's public school classrooms.

 

 

Miss. high court hears arguments over same-sex divorce

Posted 1/22/2015 in State

Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008.

 

 

Bryant: Mississippi in best shape in recent history

Posted 1/22/2015 in State

Mississippi has not reached its full potential, but the state is in its best financial condition in recent history, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday during his State of the State address.

 

 

Bryant to outline priorities in State of the State

Posted 1/21/2015 in State

Job creation, schools, tax cuts and tourism are among the issues Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will discuss Wednesday during his annual State of the State address.

 

Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

Posted 1/20/2015 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he wants to eliminate Mississippi's $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker, decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit and revamp the school funding formula.

 

Two initiatives could neutralize education funding issue

Posted 1/19/2015 in State

All Mississippi politicians say they love education, especially during election years. The key question is: How do they translate that love into public policy?

 

 

Gov. accused of improper role in executive search

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action.

 

 

Mississippi Board of Education quitting multi-state test group

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi is withdrawing from a multi-state testing consortium as the state Board of Education prepares to seek new bids for state tests and tries to navigate political pressure surrounding its selection of tests and continued use of the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed.

 

 

Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that "the public is smarter than most people might believe" and it's wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November's ballot.

 

 

Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

Posted 1/15/2015 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding.

 

 

Miss. tax collections $91M ahead of expectations

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

Mississippi tax collections are running $91 million ahead of expectations just over halfway into the fiscal year, a top budget writer said Tuesday.

 

 

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