By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys are arguing over whether the Mississippi Supreme Court should second-guess a circuit judge’s ruling that affects education funding proposals on the ballot this November. The citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” People could appeal to […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. Fred W. Pagan, an office administrator for Cochran, was arrested Thursday. Court papers said Customs and Border Protection officers found a package on April 9 in Cincinnati, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation that would establish a commission to make recommendations to the state Board of Education on academic standards was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Advocates for the legislation, including Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves – who immediately criticized the veto – said the bill was passed […]

By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys for Mississippi’s only abortion clinic are asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a lower court’s ruling that is keeping the clinic open. In papers filed Thursday with the Supreme Court, clinic attorneys say the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was correct to block […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi and the nation would be better served with more racial diversity within the Democratic and Republican parties, former Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday at one of the state’s historically black universities. “We do not need a white party versus a black one. We need two salt-and-pepper […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, a congressional candidate in the upcoming 1st District special election, has received contributions of $9,400 from the campaign fund and political action committee of the late Alan Nunnelee. Kelly is one of 13 candidates vying in the May 12 special election to […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – In a spirited debate that covered a wide range of issues, 12 of the 13 candidates seeking to represent Mississippi’s 1st District Congressional seat spoke directly to a packed house Monday night just three weeks from election day. The debate at the Link Centre sponsored by the Lee […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A group is starting a ballot initiative that proposes limiting Mississippi lawmakers and statewide elected officials to two back-to-back terms in the same office. United Conservatives Fund spokesman Keith Plunkett says Monday that the group filed papers Friday with the secretary of state, giving notice that it […]