Supervisors move project forward

Daily Journal The Lee County Supervisors laid the ground work for an economic development project Friday. The project would be located at...

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 […]


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 […]

By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer Associated Press WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the “champion” of everyday Americans. Clinton opened her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination by positioning herself as […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is noncommittal on whether he will sign legislation establishing an 11-member commission to make recommendations to the state Board of Education on academic standards for local school districts. The legislation was passed during the final days of the just-completed 2015 session as a […]