Daily Journal TUPELO – Eleven of the 13 candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat in a May 12 special election are expected to appear at a debate Monday night at the Link Centre. Lee County Republicans are hosting the 6 p.m. event, which is expected to last about two hours. Organizers emphasize it is […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys have until next week to submit arguments in a legal dispute about school funding initiatives on the November ballot. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday set an April 24 deadline for attorneys to file briefs about whether justices should hear an appeal from legislative leaders. The […]

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant welcomes brothers Mariano, 5, second from left, and Edmundo, 2, to the signing of the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act on Thursday at the Capitol. Tupelo's Ian McCustion, 8, far right, and Mooreville's John Caleb Smith, not pictured, also were among the children invited by the governor to attend the signing. The act provides $6,500 in state funds to some special-needs students to use for services outside of public schools. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A new Mississippi law that creates state-funded vouchers to support private schooling for some special education students should provide hope and opportunity for the most vulnerable people in society, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday in Jackson. Bush was at the Mississippi Capitol as Republican Gov. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Tupelo mayor and Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. has emerged as a leading contender for Mississippi’s top economic development post, but a spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant says no decision has been made. The Jackson-based Mississippi Business Journal reported late Thursday afternoon that […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are appealing a Hinds County Circuit Court judge’s ruling that rewrote the language of a legislative alternative to a citizen-sponsored initiative on school funding. They are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to restore the original language. Earlier […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert was the top fund-raiser of the 13 candidates vying in the 1st District special congressional election during the first quarter of the year. The candidates in the May 12 election faced a Wednesday deadline for filing their first quarter contributions […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant appears to be keeping his options open in selecting the state’s next top economic developer. “He does have a sense of urgency about it,” said spokeswoman Nicole Webb. “But at the same time he wants to be deliberative and make sure he gets […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he is still deciding whether to sign a bill that would create a group to recommend whether Mississippi should ditch Common Core academic standards. Bryant said he’s no fan of Common Core, but he doesn’t want to create an advisory […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislators differed sharply Tuesday about a citizen-sponsored initiative that supporters say would enhance the state’s commitment to public education. Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson and Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, spoke extensively about Initiative 42 Tuesday at a luncheon meeting of the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of […]