BILOXI (AP) – Former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O’Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for being a fighter pilot in World War II, has died. He was 93. A granddaughter, Justice O’Keefe Duhon, told The Associated Press that he died early Tuesday. As a young Marine pilot, O’Keefe shot down seven Japanese airplanes, The Sun-Herald […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Supporters of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, hope that recent actions by the powerful Mississippi State Medical Association bolsters their cause. The reason for optimism is the short, concise, Resolution 12 adopted earlier this month by the association, which comprises […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – As many as 70 percent of the students in math and science fields, excluding health care, are leaving the state within five years of graduating from a Mississippi university. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce gave legislators that statistic Monday during a meeting of the working […]

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Legislative working groups are beginning work this week on closely studying the state’s tax structure and agency spending. The groups were formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who recently presented a chart about Department of Transportation appropriations that doesn’t compute. Bobby Harrison talks about those issues this week, along with […]

By Paul J. Weber Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. In a temporary injunction signed Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the federal […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal SALTILLO – Case Knight of Saltillo got quite an education over the past 8 1⁄2 months. The University of Mississippi rising senior took on three internships with U.S. congressmen at the U.S. Capitol. He had a front row seat to the work of putting ideas into law and helping […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The chart presented by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves earlier this month screamed out for additional details. It showed legislative appropriations for the Department of Transportation growing by more than 45 percent from fiscal year 2012. According to the chart, DOT was one of the fastest growing […]

BROOKHAVEN (AP) – Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith is serving on an agriculture advisory committee for Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/2bdFB6j ) that the 64-member committee includes chairmen of the U.S House and Senate agriculture committees, former U.S. secretaries of agriculture, current and former governors and business executives. Hyde-Smith raises […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – A nearly $950,000 grant will help pay for a project that has been at the top of the priority list at Tupelo Regional Airport. Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced Friday that the Tupelo Airport Authority will receive $948,223, of which $829,179 is […]