By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Mississippi has missed out on its share of $250 million in federal money to expand its fledgling prekindergarten program. The state applied for the money in October, asking as much as $60 million over four years to boost a state-paid […]

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, speaks to reporters on the merits of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee's $6 billion spending blueprint for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1, following its release Tuesday, while House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, listens.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the mechanism that provides the state’s share of the basics of operating local school districts, is underfunded by about $280 million under the proposal released Tuesday by the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee. Still, MAEP is one of the few state programs […]

By Bradley Klapper and Ken Dilanian Associated Press WASHINGTON – Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with narratives of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records. Treatment in secret prisons a decade ago […]

Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant chose to postpone addressing how to fund growing Medicaid costs in the budget proposal he released last month. Today, the Legislative Budget Committee, which consists of Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and other legislative leaders, will release its budget recommendation for […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi Republicans are reuniting after a divisive party primary for the U.S. Senate, a potential 2016 presidential candidate said Monday. First-term Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was in Jackson to speak at a $250-per-person fundraising luncheon for the Mississippi Republican Party. During a news conference before the event […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Facing a lawsuit over education funding and the possibility of a citizen-sponsored initiative on the 2015 election ballot designed to enhance education funding, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said recently he will be working during the upcoming legislative session to put more money into public schools. Reeves […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The chairs of the two Education committees in the Mississippi Legislature – Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, and Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford – have expressed support for the Common Core academic standards in the past. Both said recently they didn’t anticipate any major changes to Common Core […]

JACKSON (AP) – During the first four months of Mississippi’s new welfare drug testing law, 3,656 people have applied for welfare, 38 of them have been tested for drugs and two tested positive. A state advocate for low-income children tells The Clarion-Ledger that the low numbers indicate that the program is a waste of money. […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Three federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month about Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday set the Mississippi arguments for Jan. 9 in New Orleans. That’s the same day and place that the same panel of judges […]