By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – With troubles at a large public hospital creating political waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lawmakers are trying to make the affairs of hospitals and their pension systems more open. The full House passed a bill Wednesday to require some public pension systems to report their financial status […]

JACKSON (AP) – Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House. The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees’ yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year. The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – On a day that a returning special-needs scholarship bill cleared its first legislative hurdle, Rep. Nick Bain, D-Corinth, introduced another proposal to provide help with the education of special-needs children. Bain said Tuesday his proposal would provide transparency in terms of funding for special education students […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – First-time candidate David McRae says he’s challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year’s Republican primary. McRae is 34-year-old attorney from Ridgeland. He’s part of the family that founded the former McRae’s department stores in Mississippi, and his campaign logo resembles the store signs. He says Tuesday […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Lawmakers are pushing forward multiple options meant to help special education students, as a reprise of last year’s fight over vouchers for special education students looms. Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2695, which give $7,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker remains low key about his lone-wolf vote last week against an amendment, introduced by Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, “To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” The amendment passed 98-1, with Wicker the only vote against. […]

JACKSON (AP) – Former State Sen. Tommy Robertson of Moss Point has been indicted on five counts of embezzlement. The former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is accused of embezzling $484,092 of loan proceeds from Singing River Federal Credit Union. State Auditor Stacy Pickering says Robertson was holding the loan proceeds in trust for […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are voicing strong support for a program that would provide state funds for parents of special-needs children to pursue education options other than the public schools. “When only 22.5 percent of special-needs children graduate from high school, […]

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Bubba Franks, service manager at the House of Honda in Tupelo, places a new state inspection sticker on a Honda Civic certified by his service department Friday afternoon in Tupelo. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is backing legislation to eliminate inspection stickers in Mississippi.

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippians could soon be free of the annual necessity of getting a vehicle inspection sticker and the heavy fine that can be levied for one that’s expired. A committee chairman this week gave a critical boost to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ proposal to eliminate the stickers. […]