U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, left, relates a story about his years as a law student while fellow Justice Elena Kagan laughs, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Both justices spoke to an open audience of professionals, professors, students and area residents. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Antonin Scalia is the U.S. Supreme Court’s most outspoken “originalist” while Elena Kagan is a former Harvard Law dean who argues for “flexibility” in interpreting the Constitution. The two associate justices, however, enlightened and delighted a full house Monday at the University of Mississippi’s Ford Center with their […]

Associated Press Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and his security officer were not injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Collins. The Highway Patrol says Reeves and his security detail were driving a Patrol F150 pickup truck when it collided with a Buick Century about 12:43 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 49 and Cold […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi has a love-hate relationship with federal spending. Politicians are eager to announce when federal funds flow to the state for a variety of projects, from a few thousand dollars for a local food bank to a few million for a shipbuilding contract. But candidates win easy […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal More than 30 years ago, Mississippi voters called for a buffer to insulate the state’s public school system from palpable political interference. But decades after a constitutional amendment created a lay Board of Education and a non-elected state superintendent, some question whether that bulwark is as strong as it once […]

Students leave the elementary school wing at Durant Public School in Durant. This K-12 school is one of many that have had to make tough economic cuts as the state funding formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, is continually underfunded by the state legislature. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Jeff Amy Associated Press DURANT – In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their nights on the Internet, searching for math […]

A scaffold and plastic sheeting adorn the dome of the State Capitol in Jackson. A repair and restoration project is underway that will address longtime water leaks, replace materials damaged by water and weather, and clean the exterior. The structure was built in 1903. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – On a recent, brisk December morning as motorists trying to turn off busy High Street into the state Capitol parking lot were delayed by construction vehicles, Brenda Davis, all 5-foot-3 inches of her, stepped carefully into the vehicle flow to start directing traffic. Davis is the […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A group reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could recommend changes requiring more accountability in how all state agencies purchase goods or hire people to provide services, members said after their first meeting Friday. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed a bipartisan, five-member task force to examine the Mississippi Department […]

In this June 7, 1978, file photo, Congressman Thad Cochran embraces his wife, Rose, as he greets supporters after winning the GOP nomination in his race for the U.S. Senate. Rose Cochran died Friday at a hospice facility after a long battle with dementia. (AP Photo/TS, File)

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Rose Clayton Cochran – who became a focal point in the re-election campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was accused of taking bedridden photos of her to use against the Republican – has died. She was 73. She died Friday at a hospice […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied state Rep. Brian Aldridge’s attempt to overturn a chancery court decision that he must pay more than $200,000 to the estate of his deceased aunt. The state’s highest court, in a 7-1 decision, refused to reverse the ruling of […]