By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation going to Gov. Phil Bryant will create a commission to make recommendations on academic standards to the state Board of Education but will not mandate changes to Mississippi’s current Common Core standards. The House had passed language earlier in the session mandating that the nine-member […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation designed to divert $50 million over a two-year period from a trust fund designed to pay unemployment benefits to a workforce training program has gotten caught up with failed tax cut efforts and has created the specter of a special session. House and Senate negotiators […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – Constituent services are still being offered throughout Mississippi’s 1st District Congressional offices following the death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee and during a special election to fill his seat. As 13 candidates begin campaigning for the vacant seat left by Nunnelee’s Feb. 6 death, constituents in the district can […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Senate has unanimously confirmed several people to serve on state boards and commissions. Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Karen Elam of Oxford were confirmed Tuesday to the state Board of Education. Chip Morgan of Leland, Dr. Al McNair of Gautier and Tommy Duff of Hattiesburg were confirmed to the College […]

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 […]