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Trial date set in Dwight Bowling civil suit

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

A civil lawsuit filed against former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach Dwight Bowling will be heard in March of 2014 in federal court in Oxford.

 

 

Bill: Elect school boards as local control returns

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

Residents of some Mississippi school districts exiting state control could get to elect new school board members.

 

 

Q&A about Miss. plans in federal health overhaul

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

 

 

Barge hits Miss. River bridge; Oil cleanup ongoing

Posted 1/28/2013 in State

Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

 

Legislators to address key differences between Senate, House charter school bills

Posted 1/26/2013 in State

With expanded charter school bills passing the Mississippi Senate and House, the stage is now set for both sides to begin what could be lengthy negotiation before a joint-bill is placed for a general vote.

Chism, Smith present bill to 'assert state sovereignty'

Posted 1/25/2013 in State

A bill sponsored by two Columbus lawmakers would allow the state to defy federal laws through a joint-legislative committee. The committee, composed of 14 state elected officials, would determine what is and isn't within the federal government's power when dealing with the state's constitutional rights.

House passes charter school bill after marathon session

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Bleary-eyed charter schools supporters took a few minutes to bask in a big victory early today, but were quick to acknowledge that the fight is not over. The Mississippi House voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369, which would expand charter schools in the state. The vote came after more than seven hours of debate and three hours of a computer reading the 251-page bill.

 

Some Miss. hospitals backing Medicaid expansion

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Some Mississippi hospital administrators say they worry about bad financial consequences if the state doesn't expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. Specifically, they worry hospitals will have to continue providing care for uninsured people even if the federal government stops reimbursing part of the expense.

 

 

Zach Scruggs appeals to US Supreme Court

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

House to vote on its version of charter school bill

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

After a similar bill died in committee last year, the House Education Committee narrowly passed an expanded charter school bill Monday by a vote of 16-14. House Bill 369 passed through the committee after about 90 minutes of debate, according to The Associated Press.

Bryant's speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in his 2013 State of the State address made during a special joint-session of the state's legislators, chose job creation, education and health care as his major talking points. On the subject of job creation and industry, Bryant used the speech as an opportunity to stump for his delayed-accelerated tax payment proposal.

 

Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect "bold action" from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.

 

 

Pell Grant reductions present challenge for students, schools

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Changes to federal student aid last summer are taking a toll on Mississippi students, leaving college financial advisors concerned about the potential impact on enrollment as well as the state's economic future.

 

 

Miss. House eyes its own charter school proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said Monday that his panel would take up the House legislation this morning.

 

 

Schools likely focus of State of State

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to focus on education in his State of the State speech at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

 

Greenwood doctor charged with capital murder to have competency exam

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder.

 

 

Charter school debate moves to Mississippi House

Posted 1/19/2013 in State

The hot potato that is charter school legislation is now in the hands of the Mississippi House of Representatives. On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate passed its version of charter school legislation in a vote that went along party lines, for the most part. The 31-17 vote had the unanimous support of Senate Republicans, with only a couple of Democrats voting with the majority.

 

 

Bills would remove gun permits from public records

Posted 1/19/2013 in State

Some Mississippi lawmakers propose cutting off public access to records about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed guns.

 

 

Report: Miss. school discipline too hard on kids

Posted 1/18/2013 in State

Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions, policies that disproportionally affect minorities.

 

 

Miss. Senate approves expanded charter school bill

Posted 1/17/2013 in State

A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill 2189 was introduced and passed by the Senate Education Committee.

 

 

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