By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, told the Senate her new proposal “to send a message to Iran” will not have any impact on Toyota and its manufacturing plant in Blue Springs. Collins’ new Iran Divestment Act was passed Wednesday morning 35-11 after about one hour of debate […]

JACKSON (AP) – Restaurants and package stores that sell alcohol in Mississippi could get a tax break, if the governor agrees. The House on Wednesday sent Senate Bill 2207 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It proposes wiping out a $225 tax on every purchase of alcohol over $5,000 from the state alcohol warehouse in Madison. […]

Daily Journal Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle announced today his candidacy for the open 1st District congressional seat, casting himself as a political outsider who would work hard to “fix the mess we’re in.” “Nobody is happy that we are having this election in the first place, but as career politicians started jumping in, I felt […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Opponents of the requirement that students pass four subject area tests in order to graduate from high school may have lost the legislative battle but won the war. House-passed legislation that would have eliminated the graduation requirement of passing subject area tests in algebra 1, English […]

Kathy Ford hugs friends and family after the memorial service for her husband in Paris-Yates Chapel.

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Former Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Tim Ford was remembered Tuesday as a man of faith, humor, power and compassion. The 63-year-old Lee County native, Jackson attorney and part-time Oxford resident died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after collapsing at his Oxford home. A capacity crowd of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Students are still going to have to pass a reading test in the third grade to advance. Legislation that would have delayed full enactment of the third-grade reading gate for a year died Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee. Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, did […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation remained alive Tuesday that supporters say would send a message that Mississippi supports the effort of Israel to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Senate Finance Committee passed it Tuesday, the final day for general bills to clear committees. The bill would prohibit […]

By James Queally and Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alabama’s highest court once again ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal judge who struck down the state’s ban on such unions as unconstitutional and ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. In a 148-page ruling published Tuesday […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Only one publicly owned hospital in Mississippi would be required to abide by the state open-meetings and public-records laws, under a watered-down version of a bill that passed a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 2407 was prompted by massive problems with the employee pension plan at Singing […]