By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times FULTON – Fulton is among several municipalities sharing in more than $1.58 million in USDA grants and loans. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss) announced via press release, Friday, that Fulton would receive a $870,000 loan to fund a three-phase project to improve and expand water service on and around […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus and Chevel Johnson Associated Press JACKSON – A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the attorney who filed the suit, Carlos Moore, failed to show the […]

By Kate Royals Mississippi Today JACKSON – Nearly a month into the school year, a number of schools and districts across Mississippi still don’t know if they will have federal funding for after-school programs this year. “Everything is on the table, to be honest with you,” State Superintendent Carey Wright said Thursday. Last month, Wright […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, told the executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board that perhaps the 15 community colleges are not focusing their resources on the classroom. Gunn made his comments Thursday after Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield said of the schools’ […]

Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant, less than two months into the new fiscal year, announced budget cuts Wednesday totaling $56.8 million spread across most state agencies. A few state agencies, such as the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which funds the state’s share of the basics to operate local school […]

Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The turnover rate for the 2,900 direct care workers employed by the Department of Mental Health was 48 percent for fiscal year 2015, legislators were told Wednesday. In addition, it costs between $2,300 and $2,600 to train new direct care workers. Wendy Bailey, a spokeswoman for the […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s Republican legislative leaders have created “working groups” that will meet a few days over the next several weeks to delve into tax policies and pick apart government spending practices. The effort is designed to help elected officials obtain a deeper understanding about how revenue is collected […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi legislators, including Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, fresh off of promoting back-to-back months of sales tax holidays, have been told by an economist that those events are bad tax policy. Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation, told legislators […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippians’ state and local tax burden is among the lowest in the nation, legislators were told Thursday. The working group formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, was told that 8.6 percent of Mississippians’ income goes to […]