By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today STARKVILLE – How can legislators, education policy makers and members of the business community use quantitative data to make decisions? That was the question being grappled with last week in Starkville on the campus of Mississippi State University. Specifically, the “Data in Education and Workforce Training” panel discussed how […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippians seeking political office can provide more transparency to taxpayers on their campaign contributions and expenditures under a program unveiled Tuesday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hosemann unveiled a website where interested residents can type in a name, for instance, and find a list of […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Electronic poll books are coming to Lee County voting precincts and will be in place by the Nov. 8 presidential election. The new poll books are on order and should cost taxpayers approximately $89,000, according to county officials. Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts believes the electronic poll books should […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal OXFORD – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will make a stop in Oxford next week to lead a student town hall event. The event will take place Oct. 3 at The Lyric. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the town hall begins at 7 p.m. Information tables […]

By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin Associated Press HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “racist lie” about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a “typical politician” as […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi Rep. Preston Sullivan, D-Okolona, was glad to be back at his Chickasaw County cattle farm late Thursday – less than a week after missing by about an hour being at the site of the New York City terrorist bombing. “We were on the train back […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are saying not so fast in terms of the three coastal counties receiving all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent massive oil spill. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The perennially high-performing Rankin and Madison school districts have had the largest number of special needs students to receive scholarships or vouchers to pursue private education options. Rankin has had 45 students receive the vouchers to attend private school this academic year, according to information from […]


Former trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, who served six years in prison on a bribery conviction, has found a new purpose. On Monday, he spoke at the Mississippi State Stennis Institute Capitol Press Corps luncheon about Second Chance Mississippi, an initiative he formed to address Mississippi’s school dropout problem. Bobby Harrison discusses Scruggs’ talk, plus […]