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 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House and Senate negotiators will be working this weekend to hammer out an agreement on a budget to fund state government and on bond bills for construction projects, including some in Northeast Mississippi. Those projects include enhancements to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – People would not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel under a bill that’s getting final legislative debate. The House voted 103-15 Friday to pass the final version of Senate Bill 2394. It is expected to […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation to provide state funds for students with special needs to pursue private education options passed the Senate 30-18 Thursday. The legislation, which passed the House earlier this session, now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law. Detractors of the […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo dentist Ed Holliday, Eupora lawyer Henry Ross, State Sen. Nancy Collins and Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks all qualified Thursday for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress. The four candidates are the latest to have gathered and submitted 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Legislative Budget Committee on Wednesday raised the revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, by $30 million. The 14-member committee, which includes Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn, also raised the estimate $101.6 million for the current fiscal […]