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Momentum continued building Thursday toward final passage sometime in the 2014 legislative session of a major criminal justice reform bill...
When it comes to underfunding of public education in Mississippi, the number is $1.2 billion and counting. That’s how much ground has been lost since the last time the Mississippi Adequate Education Program was funded at the level required by law – Fiscal Year 2008, after an election-year legislative session. Mississippi’s economy is slowly improving. […]
Washington can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal’s off-script remarks Monday, you’d think he’d been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies’ restroom. No, it was much worse than that. Hide the children. He defied protocol! In town for the National Governors […]
Scientists last week announced the discovery of one of the oldest things ever found on this planet and, no, it wasn’t a Christmas fruitcake that had been passed down since the age of the dinosaurs. What they found was a small, zircon crystal on a sheep ranch in Australia that, based on carbon dating, something […]
Mayor Jason Shelton’s first State of the City speech late Monday afternoon, delayed earlier by winter weather, offered high praise for the city’s departmental workforces and a broadly based vision of how he will approach revitalization citywide. Shelton, elected in mid-2013, is the first Democrat to lead City Hall in more than 30 years and […]
It didn’t come up this time, perhaps because attention quickly shifted to the suspects. But it’s a question that has been asked before and will be asked again. It’s not a bad question. An early morning worker on the campus of the University of Mississippi on Feb. 16 saw a knotted rope with a flag […]
Tupelo, we’ve lost an icon. It was a vehicle you probably saw cruising around town, and you couldn’t forget it if you saw it. You may have even taken a picture of it. It was the one, the only, Batmobile. The Batmobile already had seen its best days long before its owner, my best friend […]
Do you agree with the new law that will require all third-graders to read on grade level or not advance to the fourth grade?
Mississippi legislators hoping to improve the state’s educational performance over the last couple of years took a look at Florida and liked what they saw. Under former Gov. Jeb Bush, that state initiated a number of school reforms that resulted in significant gains on test scores over time. Gov. Phil Bryant was a leading proponent […]
Despite everything but an engraved invitation to unionize from the company, the 1,550 hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected representation by the United Auto Workers labor union by a vote of 712 to 626 on Valentine’s Day. Under pressure from existing “work councils” at VWs at most all of the company’s […]