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Some criticize fast track for education funding revision

Some Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi’s education funding formula. But the Republican chairman of the House Education Committee, Richard Bennett of Long Beach, said the plan could come up for a vote Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee. The bill is supported by House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton. If ...

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Plan would reserve oil spill money for Gulf Coast projects

The Mississippi Senate is working on a plan to reserve oil spill settlement money for use on projects along the Gulf Coast. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday passed Senate Bill 2186 , sending it to the full Senate for a vote later. It would create the Gulf Coast Restoration Reserve Fund. BP is paying Mississippi $750 million over 17 years in ...

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Analysis: Budget increase sought amid popularity of museums

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History receives a small slice of the state budget. But, with two new museums already gaining international attention, the department plays a large role in shaping the public perception of the state. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, two entities under a single roof, opened with a public celebration ...

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‘Mississippi Burnings’ killer Killen dies in prison at 92

Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday. The one-time Klan leader was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter when he died at 9 p.m. Thursday night inside the ...

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Analysis: Opponents say school merger won’t save money

Residents trying to prevent consolidation of the Richton and Perry County school districts are trying a new argument — that combining the two would cost more money and not less. Lawmakers last year appointed a study commission of people from the two districts to suggest plans for a merger. That’s a common tactic when local lawmakers are fighting consolidation. Such ...

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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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Governor: Mississippi reality different from critics’ view

Critics are painting a negative picture of Mississippi but the state is enjoying low unemployment and is improving its public education system, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday night in a State of the State speech that offered a few new proposals. “The proverbial critics would have you believe that one is a declining state whose people are suffering mightily,” ...

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EPA names Mississippi stamping plant as Superfund site

Federal officials want to put a polluted north Mississippi industrial site on the national Superfund list for cleanup. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed the Rockwell International Wheel & Trim site in Grenada to the list, making it eligible for long-term cleanup funding. Ohio-based Ice Industries now operates part of the 40-acre complex as Grenada Stamping. The industrial ...

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School choice push continues in Senate, House chance unclear

Backers of allowing Mississippi parents to spend public education money outside the traditional public school system continue to push for action in the 2018 legislature. Tuesday, Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, held a hearing where supporters made their case. Tollison says he still plans to introduce a bill that would expand the current program beyond students ...

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Mississippi University for Women leader to step down in June

Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig announced Monday at a campus faculty meeting that he will step down in June. The 61-year-old Borsig wrote in a letter that he and his wife will move to Maine but maintain their ties to Columbus by working with a nonprofit group called Global Connections. “Since this job doesn’t come with an expiration ...

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