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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.

 

 

AG: Insurance Department can set up exchange

Posted 1/16/2013 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has the authority to esta]]blish and manage a health insurance exchange, according to a legal opinion released late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers eye mandatory kindergarten again

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill.

 

 

State names Hwy. 82 first cultural highway

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state's first cultural highway.

 

 

AP Analysis: Lawmakers' jobs both boon and conflict

Posted 1/14/2013 in State

It's the strength and the weakness of a citizen legislature -- many Mississippi lawmakers have other jobs back home. A strength, because it gives them knowledge of particular subjects they make laws on. A weakness, because it can make them look like they're pulling for their own self-interest when they're in Jackson.

 

 

Man pardoned by Barbour involved in fatal shooting

Posted 1/14/2013 in State

One of the ex-prisoners who received a full pardon last year from then-Gov. Haley Barbour was involved in exchange of gunfire that killed another man Thursday night, a northern Mississippi sheriff said.

 

 

Miss. lt. gov proposes armed guards in schools

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing a $7.5 million program to help schools hire trained and armed law enforcement officers to work on campus.

 

 

Only Miss. abortion clinic can't comply with law

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic missed a Friday deadline to comply with a 2012 state law that requires each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges -- a law the governor said he signed with the hopes of shutting the clinic down.

 

Legislature hits ground running

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

State lawmakers headed back to work this week to begin the first legislative session of 2013. The 90-day session will be conducted at a faster pace than last year's 125-day session.

Bryant backs new restrictions on abortion in Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told several dozen pastors and other abortion opponents Thursday that he supports a bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It's similar to a bill that was filed and killed by a Senate chairman last year.

 

Flooded streets, some mudslides in parts of Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Heavy rain brought isolated mudslides, flooded streets and downed trees to parts of Mississippi on Thursday as a large storm system moved across the South.

 

 

More teachers may win certification in Mississippi

Posted 1/10/2013 in State

Officials with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards say more Mississippi teachers are seeking certification from the group, and that could be good news for students.

 

 

Miss. resolution: Support all Sandy recovery aid

Posted 1/10/2013 in State

A Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday he's filing a resolution that urges Mississippi's entire congressional delegation to support federal spending for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

 

 

Lawmakers try again on charter schools

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again.

 

Palazzo takes heat on Sandy aid vote

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says he voted against funding to pay the Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims because of the deficit, but as the chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority in 2005, Palazzo asked for federal relief despite the nation's debt.

 

Lawmakers to again mull texting while driving ban

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

State Sen. Billy Hudson again plans a proposal to ban texting while driving.

 

Chaney says Bryant has handed control to Feds

Posted 1/5/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is handing control of a state health insurance exchange over to the federal government by trying to block creation of a state-run exchange, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told the governor in a letter Friday.

 

Blues Marathon expected to draw 3,000

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Runners from 47 states and 10 countries will take to the streets of Jackson to compete in the sixth annual Mississippi Blues Marathon.

 

 

Miss. health insurance exchange proposal in limbo

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner.

 

 

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