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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.

 

 

House votes for school funding amendment alternative

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

House Republicans pushed through a proposal for alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding Tuesday, as supporters of the original language howled that the effort aimed to sabotage the November vote.

 

 

Miss. murder suspect shot by police in New Mexico

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

Mississippi authorities say D'Juan Holloway, wanted in the shooting death of a Gulfport man, was arrested Monday after a gunfight with New Mexico law enforcement.

 

Miss. to look for university chief after Bounds' exit

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

With a native son headed west to lead the University of Nebraska, Mississippi's College Board is looking for a leader to oversee its eight public universities.

 

Khosla seeks KiOR plant receiver, says state ran off buyer

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

KiOR financier Vinod Khosla is asking a Mississippi state court judge to name a receiver for the company's Columbus plant.

 

 

Congressman Nunnelee takes oath in hospital

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi congressman who is recovering from a series of health problems took his oath of office Monday while hospitalized in his hometown.

 

 

Judge makes second delay in prison gang case in Miss.

Posted 1/12/2015 in State

The trial of 14 alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang in Mississippi has been pushed back again, this time to Aug. 3.

 

 

Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday.

 

 

KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company.

 

 

Miss. House leader urges defeat of education amendment

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

The second-highest leader of the Mississippi House said Thursday that legislators have fulfilled their promises to improve public schools, and he urged voters to defeat an education funding proposal that will be on the ballot in November.

 

 

Greenwood doctor committed to mental hospital for treatment

Posted 1/8/2015 in State

A Greenwood doctor who was the alleged instigator of a failed plot to kill a local attorney has been committed to state hospital to undergo treatment for mental illness.

 

Common Core opponents seek momentum as session starts

Posted 1/7/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant reiterated Tuesday that Mississippi should stop using the Common Core academic standards, but just what legislative leaders plan remains unclear.

 

'Don't believe in a god?' billboards up in south

Posted 1/7/2015 in State

Billboards reaching out to atheists, humanists, freethinkers and agnostics are up in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

 

 

Wicker to preside over US Senate on first day of Congress

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will serve as presiding office of the U.S. Senate during the first day of the 114th Congress, which convenes today.

 

 

Nunnelee hospitalized in his Miss. hometown

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

A Mississippi congressman who had brain surgery last year is hospitalized for treatment of a bleeding problem in his left leg.

 

 

Rallies expected as Mississippi lawmakers begin 3-month session

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

As Mississippi lawmakers begin their three-month session at noon today, they will be greeted by groups trying to influence state policy on education standards, state employee pay raises and a host of other issues.

 

 

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