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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.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers face April deadline for budget

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi budget writers have released their initial proposals for fiscal 2014 but are months away from deciding exactly how much the state will spend on education, health care and other services.

 

AP Interview: Bryant says education is top issue

Posted 1/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said education dominates his 2013 legislative agenda, from merit pay for teachers to charter schools that will receive public funding but be free of some state regulations.

 

Analysis: Miss. judges see raises with new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

Mississippi judges -- thanks to Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for a novel funding method that didn't raid the treasury.

 

Education tops state's legislative agenda

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

When state lawmakers return to work Jan. 8, overhauling some aspects of the state's education system is expected to be top priority for the first 90-day session of the year. Among the more contentious issues will be the re-introduction of charter school legislation in the Senate, a debate senate Republicans are planning to win.

 

Miss. schools could face cuts from fiscal cliff

Posted 12/29/2012 in State

Mississippi schools could lose about $53.9 million in federal education money, according to a report released by the National Education Association, if Congress doesn't stop a package of budget cuts scheduled to take place Jan. 2.

 

 

MEMA: More than 25 injured in storms in Miss.

Posted 12/27/2012 in State

More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday.

 

 

Gov. Bryant declares Miss. emergency over storms

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties after severe storms moved through the state.

 

 

Home-brewed beer faces Catch-22 in Mississippi

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Catch-22 would be a good name for beer brewed at home in Mississippi. The attorney general says home-brewing is legal in the state with a permit from the Department of Revenue. But here's the catch: State tax officials say the law doesn't allow permits specifically for home-brewers.

 

 

Bryant weighs in on tort cap case in federal court

Posted 12/20/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says scrapping Mississippi's tort reform laws would hinder economic development and cost the state the jobs that it brings.

 

Southaven mayor indicted for misuse of taxpayer money

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

A north Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money on several purchases including at a Canadian sex shop was indicted Tuesday on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements.

 

Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.

 

 

Miss. schools eye security after Conn. shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in State

School officials across Mississippi say they're on high alert and evaluating security policies in the wake of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

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