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College Board stands behind move to fire Ole Miss chancellor

JACKSON — Members of Mississippi’s College Board met Monday and said they aren’t backing down from a decision to seek a new chancellor for the University of Mississippi, despite rising criticism of the move. Board members, commenting publicly after an executive session lasting more than an hour, said Dan Jones never resolved problems with contract […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — From Dan and Dixie with love

Dan Jones just lost his battle with the cancer that is our state government. Last night, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors decided to stand by their decision for non-renewal of his contract as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. IHL took a tremendous amount of heat all weekend long for their decision […] [...]

$50 million workforce training bill looks strong in homestretch

By TED CARTER Among the survivors of the bill-thinning that occurs at this stage of Mississippi’s legislative session is legislation to set up a $50 million workforce training program that can respond timely to worker training needs of companies looking to come to Mississippi or expand here. Senate Bill 2457, along with the House version […] [...]

House backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

JACKSON — Mississippi could become the third state to sign onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention to force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase national debt. The House voted 68-51 after a contentious debate where Republicans cut off the discussion over the loud objections of Democrats. […] [...]

Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Delbert Hosemann: An unsung hero chooses to remain so

My son and his Boy Scout troop had a rare treat this past Sunday. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the keynote speech to a group of newly awarded Eagle Scouts. Hosemann honored those who had gone the extra mile to earn their Eagle and encouraged younger scouts, like my son, to not give up, […] [...]

State to study separate district for troubled schools

JACKSON — The State Board of Education is likely to study a new plan to create a separate statewide school district in Mississippi to take over troubled schools and school districts. The board discussed the study Thursday in a work session where frustration boiled over about the state’s inability to turn around schools and what […] [...]

Potential field taking shape for Nunnelee’s vacant Miss. House seat

HERNANDO  — Speculation has begun in earnest over who will succeed the late Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s First District House seat, and conventional wisdom is that DeSoto County will play a key role in determining who North Mississippi’s next congressman will be. At least three DeSoto County names — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, state Sen. […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission […] [...]

US Rep. Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

TUPELO — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn’t come from a political office. “The title I’m most proud of is ‘Dad,'” Nunnelee said in a video clip played at his funeral Monday. It was […] [...]

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