Debate over Initiative 42 continues on UM campus

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal OXFORD – With the general election just under a month away, Mississippi voters will soon be called upon...

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Supporters of citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, designed to enhance the state’s commitment to public education, are asking Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to check with local election officials to ensure that the complicated ballot for the initiative is correct. The request for Hosemann to review the ballot […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he won’t debate his Democratic challenger, Robert Gray, before the Nov. 3 general election. His decision is bound to disappoint voters who wanted to see how Gray, a long-haul trucker with the CB handle Silent Knight, would fare in a side-by-side format […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State funds going into the Mississippi Medicaid program will top $1 billion for the first time if the Legislature funds the agency’s $71 million deficit request during the upcoming 2016 session. Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak requested the deficit appropriation during a recent meeting of the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – University and community college officials said recently they are hoping to garner a multi-year commitment for new building projects from the 2016 Legislature. During a recent meeting of the Legislative Budget Committee, where community colleges officials requested a funding increase of $82.7 million or 31.4 percent […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A new proposal seeks a statewide election on removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag. But it could be years before the issue gets on the ballot, and there’s no guarantee voters would accept it. State officials said Friday that a resident of the capital […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi residents wanting to cast a vote in the November election only have two days left to register. Circuit clerk’s offices in each county will register people during normal business hours Friday. They also will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to allow people an opportunity […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove will get another opportunity to convince a Hinds County chancery judge to order the state to fully fund Mississippi’s local school districts. Hinds County Chancellor William Singletary has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 to hear arguments on Musgrove’s motion […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – An operator of charter schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is in line to receive $9.6 million in federal funding, with plans to spend the money on expansion. RePublic Schools, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was one of 12 charter school networks awarded funding Monday by the U.S. Department of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state’s three educational entities – universities, community colleges and kindergarten through 12th grade – account for more than half of the requested budget increases for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. State agency heads are asking for a cumulative increase of $732.7 million […]