Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to eliminate the election of school superintendents – an issue that has been debated for many years. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would let 55 elected superintendents serve the four years of their current term. After that, the local school […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The tenure of four-term House Speaker Tim Ford ended more than 12 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he stopped being involved in the chamber’s day-to-day activities. Current Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Ford would follow the proceedings on nearly a daily basis on the Internet […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – Health advocates are looking to turn out the lights on teen tanning bed use. A coalition of Mississippi health advocates gathered Thursday to support a bill introduced earlier this week to prohibit those under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices. “The World Health Organization puts it […]

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By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – In the heat of this year’s presidential election, two outsiders, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, won over voters in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday after losses in the Iowa caucuses. Sanders beat Hillary Clinton with 60 percent of votes, while Trump beat Gov. John Kasich and Sen. […]

By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics. While New Hampshire is known for its political […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson says lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever. Education officials made budget presentations Tuesday to Frierson’s […]

By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sent Congress on Tuesday his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists. The new […]

By Jack Weatherly Mississippi Business Journal It’s been about six months since the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board said it would provide an economic impact statement linked to its proposed rules changes for telemedicine. Meantime, Teladoc Inc., the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, has introduced a set of rules of its own in a bill in the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – While an incentive package, which included the state incurring $254 million in bond debt and providing multiple tax breaks, for two economic development projects overwhelmingly passed the Legislature on Thursday, some lawmakers still lamented the cost to the taxpayers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, questioned the wisdom […]