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Questions hang over details of Miss. reading plan

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

One of many ambitious education plans being considered by Mississippi lawmakers is a focus on reading in early grades, including holding back third-graders if they can't read on at least a basic level.

 

 

House approves bill to regulate abortion pills

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are likely to approve a bill requiring a doctor to personally oversee the administration of abortion-inducing drugs and requiring the woman to return for a follow-up exam two weeks later.

 

 

Lawmakers OK financing for Nissan suppliers

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have advanced a bill to help finance buildings for suppliers of Nissan Motor Co.'s plant near Canton.

 

 

Bank sets $500 million loan fund for Miss. firms

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

BancorpSouth is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.

 

 

Bryant: Nominee qualified by anti-abortion work

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

 

 

Autopsy report still pending in candidate's death

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

More than a month has passed since the body of a Mississippi mayoral candidate was found dumped near a river levee, but the exact cause of his death remains largely a mystery pending the release of an autopsy report.

 

 

Miss. flags to be lowered honoring Rep. Upshaw

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

 

Gov. taps anti-abortion activist for health board

Posted 3/28/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated anti-abortion activist Terri Herring for a six-year term on the state Board of Health, a position that could give Herring influence over Health Department policies that affect the state's only abortion clinic.

 

Miss. Capitol rally calls for Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/28/2013 in State

More than 200 health advocates, doctors and others rallied at the Mississippi Capitol on Wednesday, asking legislators to expand Medicaid to the working poor.

 

 

Charter schools votes shift in House

Posted 3/28/2013 in State

 

 

Lawmakers near end of budget talks

Posted 3/28/2013 in State

 

 

Charter school bill loses House vote, but not dead

Posted 3/27/2013 in State

Mississippi House members don't want to proceed with a Senate-backed education bill that includes a proposal for charter schools expansion.

 

 

Miss. Senator switches to Republican Party

Posted 3/27/2013 in State

State Sen. Nicky Browning of Pontotoc has switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP, saying the time was right for him to make the move and become a Republican.

 

 

Miss. Democrats call for better education funding

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

Mississippi Democrats on Monday renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget.

 

Ex-lawmaker: Upshaw had struggled with depression

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A Mississippi legislator who authorities say apparently committed suicide had struggled for years with depression but gave no indication in recent days that she was contemplating taking her own life, according to a former lawmaker who was with the woman the day she died.

Execution date requested for Willie Jerome Manning

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

The man on death row for the 1992 murder of Natchez native Jon Steckler and another Mississippi State student will soon face execution.

 

Charter school proponent Bomgar named to state education board

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Monday he's appointing Joel Bomgar to the board, pending Senate confirmation.

 

State Representative found dead

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 53.

 

Medgar Evers exhibit opening May 1

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with the opening of a new exhibit in Jackson on May 1 with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers Williams.

 

 

Marine base shooting victim was goofy, churchgoing

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

A Marine who was shot to death at a Virginia base was described as a warm-hearted country boy from the South who grew up in the Pentecostal church and even preached a few times.

 

 

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