By Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization. House and Senate negotiators tacked the language onto House Bill 434, a must-pass bill that […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippian Railway has operated between Amory and Fulton since 1926. The Mississippi Legislature has provided $2.6 million in a $249.8 million bond bill to help ensure the 25-mile track on the east side of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway remains in operation. The legislation, which allows the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Legislature – at least a portion of it – is trying to block the effort of an Oxford woman to legally challenge the language it passed as an alternative to the citizen-sponsored initiative designed to enhance the state’s commitment to the funding of public […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal JACKSON – The Senate passed legislation Sunday to issue $200 million in bonds to try to deal with the more than 3,050 substandard bridges on state highways across the state. The House must vote on the proposal by today to adhere to constitutional deadlines. The House originally had wanted to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – No additional money will be available for pre-kindergarten programs, but the deficit in the Medicaid budget will be closed under a budget agreement developed by House and Senate leaders. Budget negotiators on Saturday reached agreement on the framework of a $6.26 billion state-support budget to fund […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Charles Penson is running for the state House of Representatives on a platform of good education, good health care and good jobs. Penson, 62, is a Tupelo native, the pastor of Bethel CME Church in Guntown and served as the city of Tupelo’s personnel director in the 1980s. […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – The field is set in the race for Mississippi’s 1st District Congressional seat as 13 candidates prepare to compete in the May 12 special election. As the qualifying deadline passed Friday afternoon, 12 of the 13 candidates that previously announced intentions to run turned in 1,000 signatures from […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Pontotoc attorney Walter Howard Zinn Jr. announced Friday he is running in the 1st District special congressional election. Zinn was the only new candidate to emerge among the 13 who qualified for the race before Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The post was left vacant by the […]