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 […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Jim Barksdale has put his money where his mouth is. “I’ve probably given more money than anybody in trying to improve our public schools,” is how Barksdale put it last week in an interview with The Associated Press. In 2000, the former Netscape and FedEx executive pledged $100 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Normally the Legislature passes funding bills late in the session, but in 2016 House and Senate members will be asked early in the session to provide additional funds for college financial aid. Institutions of Higher Learning Commissioner Glenn Boyce told legislative leaders earlier this week that […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican challenger Mike Hurst says he thinks Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office leaked information years ago to a police chief who was the target of a corruption investigation. But, Democrat Hood’s campaign manager says Hurst “has manufactured a complete lie using a defeated sheriff as a […]