Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes […] [...]

Former state Sen. Scoper dies of cancer at 81

LAUREL — Former Mississippi state Sen. Vince Scoper of Laurel has died of esophageal cancer. He was 81. He died Sunday, and a funeral was held yesterday at First Baptist Church in Laurel. Scoper served the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and was among the first Republicans elected to that chamber since […] [...]

Delta Council says condition of Highway 6 ‘of crisis dimensions’

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — As the 2014 harvest progresses, the transportation arteries that move the crop from the field to its market place in Northwest Mississippi is choked down, according to Stoneville-based Delta Council. Due to structurally deficient bridge structures throughout the Batesville-to-Clarksdale reach of Highway 6, hundreds of trucks loaded full of grain are being […] [...]

More school districts join MAEP lawsuit brought by Musgrove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced yesterday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, […] [...]

Mississippi Supreme Court to hear case involving tort damage cap

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a state judge’s ruling that a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Webster in Coahoma County issued the ruling in 2012 in a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages in the death of a […] [...]

State budget narratives speak loudly as lawmakers face re-election

JACKSON — Writing a state budget is not only about numbers. It’s also about narrative. With most Mississippi lawmakers seeking re-election in 2015, everyone who helps write the budget, or simply votes for it, will be eager to tell constituents that the spending plan is one of the strongest and most efficient in state history. […] [...]

Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown dies after cancer treatment

COLUMBUS — Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown, a longtime lawmaker known for his booming voice and skepticism about government programs, died yesterday 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 wit and gift for storytelling, Terry […] [...]

Senate President Pro Tempore Brown in hospital following cancer treatment

LOWNDES COUNTY — Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown of Columbus is hospitalized after having “very aggressive treatment for cancer.” That’s according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who released a statement today, a day after visiting the 64-year-old lawmaker in the hospital. The statement did not disclose where Brown is hospitalized, and it said […] [...]

Court of Appeals rules Rep. Aldridge must repay aunt

TUPELO — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has let stand its ruling that state Rep. Brian Aldridge pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father. The Appeals Court yesterday denied Aldridge’s motion to look again at the case. In March, the Appeals Court upheld a 2012 ruling by Lee […] [...]

More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by […] [...]

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