JACKSON (AP) – Nearly 2,000 more Mississippians have signed up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act this year compared to the same period last year, according to data released last week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since open enrollment began Nov. 1, some 18,500 Mississippians have signed up, the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The north entrance of the Mississippi Capitol, one of only two public entrances to the building, will be closed for an estimated one year. The closure will have the most impact during the upcoming three-month regular legislative session beginning in early January when visitation to the […]

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Mississippi teachers in high-performing schools could be getting a pay raise next year. On this episode, Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison discusses the School Recognition Program that would reward teachers and staff in A and B schools. He also looks at Gov. Phil Bryant’s goal of merging some of the state’s boards and commissions.

JACKSON (AP) – A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit over a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws. Attorneys argued Friday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. John Corlew represents voters who filed suit. He says legislators violated their constitutional right of equal protection by tossing out ballots that […]

JACKSON (AP) – Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee. He was selected for the post by Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Harper is the only one of Mississippi’s four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship. Rep. Bennie Thompson was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Second-term Gov. Phil Bryant apparently is not giving up on a goal he made in his first inaugural address in January 2012 – to merge some of the state’s many boards and commissions. The Republican governor revived his goal of merging some of the more than […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session. The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over […]

By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today JACKSON – Forced to use the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund several times to balance the state budget last fiscal year, Gov. Phil Bryant is pleading with legislators to reign in their spending habits. In his Executive Budget Recommendation released this month, Bryant asked legislators to spend no more […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper lamented Monday that the election recount being initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is an effort by Democrats “to portray this as an illegitimate outcome of the election.” The Republican Harper of Rankin County, who has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional […]