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South Pike schools chief leaving in June

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

MAGNOLIA -- South Pike School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Gunnell says he will leave when his contract expires in June. Gunnell tells the Enterprise-Journal that he wants to explore other opportunities.

 

 

Campaign staffer hired as House Speaker assistant

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi House of Representatives will pay $110,000 a year to Nathan Wells, a former campaign worker and state Republican Party employee, to act as an assistant to new House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton.

 

 

State schools get C- from Education Week report

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance.

 

 

Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

 

Lawyer: Sisters will push new governor for pardon

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON-- Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison last year on condition that one donate a kidney to the other were saddened and disappointed they weren't among dozens receiving full pardons from the governor, one of the women said Thursday.

 

 

Schools scramble to avoid takeover

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

 

Misuse of fuel card, state vehicle alleged

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The deputy administrator of the Mississippi Homeland Security office is on administrative leave without pay following his arrest for alleged misuse of a state vehicle and Fuelman card.

 

 

USDA to shutter 11 offices in Mississippi

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to close 11 offices in Mississippi as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide.

 

 

Only 1 shows to comment on offshore lease sales

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JEFFERSON, La. -- Only a petroleum industry representative showed up at a public hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Collins named National Guard leader

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed retired Brig. Gen. Augustus L. "Leon" Collins as adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.

 

 

Study: 75 percent of non-white voters against ID

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A study finds that more than 75 percent of non-white voters in Mississippi voted against a measure to require photo identification before someone may vote.

 

 

Court blocks inmates' release

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

 

Welcome to the Legion: World War II veteran, Starkville resident to receive French honor

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

STARKVILLE -- When a Starkville man graduated high school in the 1940s, there was little doubt what his next move would be. The United States was in the heart of World War II, and any able-bodied man was bound for military service, either by choice or through the draft.

 

Planting decisions weighed by state farmers

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

GREENWOOD -- The lower input costs of corn give it some advantages for Mississippi Delta farmers choosing between corn and cotton for 2012.

 

 

Oxford has bright idea for Square

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

OXFORD -- The city of Oxford intends to brighten the area around the downtown Square by adding new lighting to nearby parking areas.

 

 

Whelan to lead O'Keefe Cultural Center

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Bryant Whelan has been named the new executive director of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education in Ocean Springs.

 

 

New Mississippi governor says he's 'ready to work'

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The inauguration of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday capped a week of ceremony in Mississippi state government, as leadership changed hands in the House, then the Senate, and finally in the governor's office.

 

 

Study: Mississippi River channel woes huge for economy

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river.

 

 

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