By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – As legislative leaders get ready to meet in the coming days to begin preparing a budget proposal to submit to the 2015 legislative session in January, it appears the robust revenue growth experienced by the state during the past three fiscal years might be slowing. Through […]

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Sen. Roger Wicker gets a chance to talk to Fred Pitts, left, and Phil Ruff, right, following the Kiwanis Club meeting on Friday at The Summit, where Wicker was the guest speaker.

By Lloyd Gray Daily Journal TUPELO – Faced with two separate international crises, America’s foreign policy is “in a shambles,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Friday. Defeating – not just containing – Islamic State militants who have taken over major portions of Iraq is essential, Wicker told the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, and standing up […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chris McDaniel of Ellisville is not giving up on his U.S. Senate bid. The second-term state senator filed notice Friday that he is appealing to the Mississippi Supreme Court last week’s dismissal of his election challenge of the June 24 Republican primary runoff he lost to […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Results of the special Ward 3 election received final certification Friday, confirming that Travis Beard and James Hull will advance to the runoff in 12 days. Final percentages to determine a new City Council member twitched slightly after eight affidavit votes were added, but no rankings changed among […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to block additional legal child refugees from being resettled in Mississippi hasn’t changed following a Thursday meeting with Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Jackson runs the program under state sponsorship. Bryant again says he fears President Barack Obama […]

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Ward 3 City Council candidates Travis Beard, left, and James Hull share a laugh as they visit at Lawndale Presbyterian Church in Tupelo after hearing the results of Thursday night's special election.

Watch video interviews, view election results at bottom of this story. By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Former Tupelo Public School District educator Travis Beard fell 34 votes shy Thursday of trading his principal’s office for a City Council seat, setting up a runoff election in two weeks. Beard, 68, and James Hull, 62, […]

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Travis Childers reissued his challenge to Republican incumbent Thad Cochran for a series of face-to-face debates before the Nov. 4 election. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Travis Childers of Booneville, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, reiterated Thursday his belief that Mississippians need to hear him and six-term incumbent Thad Cochran debate the issues. Speaking outside the Mississippi College School of Law, which has offered to host a debate, Childers said the […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, the Mississippi Republican seeking a seventh term, said during a campaign stop late Thursday afternoon the details of scheduling would in large measure determine whether he will meet Democratic challenger Travis Childers in one or more fall debates. Childers, the former 1st District congressman […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown, a longtime lawmaker known for his booming voice and skepticism about government programs, died Thursday after undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He was 64. “Terry was larger than life,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. “With his quick […]