By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi’s higher education entities – community colleges and public universities – are asking for an additional $155 million from the Legislature for the upcoming fiscal year. The 15 community colleges are requesting an increase of $79.1 million, or 31.4 percent, while the eight public universities are […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said Clayton Kelly, of Pearl, was served Wednesday with an indictment charging him with one count of burglary, one count […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright reiterated to legislative leaders Tuesday that full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program is the top priority of the Mississippi Board of Education. During the opening day of the hearings by the Legislative Budget Committee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood has been granted additional time to respond on behalf of the state to a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to force the state to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Hood’s deadline to file the response was Monday before […]

JACKSON (AP) – Saturday is the deadline for Mississippians to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says in a news release that circuit clerks’ offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accept voter registration applications. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The long process of developing a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, officially kicks off Tuesday when the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee convenes. The Budget Committee, which consists of legislative leaders, including Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, will […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both major party candidates for the U.S. Senate said airstrikes ordered by President Barack Obama against the so-called Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria are necessary. Both Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and Democratic challenger Travis Childers responded via email to questions about the bombing […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Politics will have a practical side at an “Ole-Fashioned Political Speaking” at the BancorpSouth Arena on Oct. 6. The event is a fundraiser for American Legion Post 49. The group’s building was destroyed by the April 28 tornado that tore through Tupelo. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his […]