By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling around Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for lawsuits against the state seeking payment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K-12 school formula since Fiscal Year 2010. Backers of a […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Credibility issues continued to grow for the 1st Congressional District’s Democratic nominee after the university where the candidate claimed to have graduated wouldn’t confirm his academic credentials. The latest issue comes just days after Flemron “Ron” Earl Dickey of Horn Lake clarified that his military service never included […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant placed the blame squarely on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act for Mississippi’s status as the only state where the number of people without health insurance has increased. “If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – First Congressional District candidate Flemron “Ron” Earl Dickey remains tight-lipped about a 2012 felony bad check arrest, two days after making public statements about an ongoing bankruptcy case and misrepresentations of his military record. The Horn Lake Democrat said Saturday he wouldn’t discuss his Jan. 4, 2012, arrest […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – First Congressional District candidate Ron Dickey did wear a green beret during his stint as an Army cook – but never actually served in the elite, special forces group known to civilians as Green Berets. The Horn Lake resident and liberal Democrat has spent recent days emphasizing his […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court declined Thursday to give a hearing to Chris McDaniel, who lost the June 24 Republican primary runoff to incumbent Thad Cochran. McDaniel had requested a hearing before the full court after it ruled last week that his campaign could not have access […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation with “humongous” problems. To solve those problems, Frierson said Mississippi’s political leadership must ensure efficiency and effectiveness in their budgeting for state agencies. Frierson, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Lt. Gov. Tate […]

STARKVILLE (AP) – Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum will serve three years on the board of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. The university says Wednesday that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Keenum to the 15-member national board. The nonprofit foundation was created by the 2014 federal farm bill and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Insurance premiums could skyrocket as much as 95 percent for about 60,000 Mississippians if a court ruling striking down a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stands. “It would be devastating for Mississippi working families,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the […]