By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – From public leaders to public school students, state transportation officials extend an open invitation for regional transportation discussions Tuesday. Mississippi Department of Transportation leaders request elected leaders, private and public employees, students, business leaders, the general public and nonprofit organizations attend any of the three “Community Transit on […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A national reporter asked Tuesday during a conference call how incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran’s impressive $1.7 million in campaign contributions during the first three months of the year compared to efforts in other Mississippi races, such as for governor. Cochran campaign manger Kirk Sims replied it […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The $23 million in bonds approved for the state’s 15 community colleges by the recently completed 2014 session of the Legislature will fall far short of addressing all the capital needs of the two-year schools. A five-year capital improvement plan submitted to the state Department of […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. House Bill 1231 becomes law July 1. Republican Bryant says he signed it Thursday, only after Bureau of Narcotics officials assured him the oil can’t be used to produce a […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant signed three bills into law Wednesday designed to curb union activity in the state. “Mississippi won’t tolerate any activity like intimidation,” said Bryant moments after a bills signing in his office attended by Speaker Philip Gunn, Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, Rep. Jerry Turner, […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The City Council reluctantly agreed to enter a property management contract for an apartment complex purchased by the city last week. Council members supported with a 4-3 vote the contact likely valued at $14,600 for 90 days with TRI Inc. Realtors, although the council didn’t specify the length […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted to sell the property that formerly was the West Corinth Elementary School to the sole bidder. The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission was awarded the property on the basis of their bid of $1,499. The Commission, along […]


By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election campaign reported today raising $1.7 million from January through March and having about $1.5 million on hand. Cochran’s Campaign Manager Kirk Sims reported this information during a conference call this morning and said he will provide actual campaign finance forms today […]


Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued an opinion that text messages about government business are public record. The commission Monday delivered to the Daily Journal and the city of Tupelo its opinion that the city violated the state open records law by not making public Mayor Jason Shelton’s text messages when the Daily Journal requested them […]