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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 […] [...]

Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted […] [...]

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, […] [...]

S&P: State in top 10 in U.S. in sales tax dependency

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is one of 10 states most reliant on sales taxes as a share of revenue, according to a new Standard & Poor’s report that says that such states may be particularly susceptible to an ever-widening income gap dragging down state tax revenues. Analysts with the credit rating agency believe rising inequality […] [...]

Yates leading delegation to Japan; Gov. Bryant also headed to trade conference

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to go overseas for a trade conference between officials from Japan and the southeastern United States. Bryant’s spokesman said today that the governor will attend the 37th annual meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and the Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations, or SEUS-Japan. The meeting takes place Sept. 18-20 in Tokyo. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Church leaders to ask Bryant to keep sponsoring program for children of refugees

JACKSON — Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders are scheduled to meet this morning with Gov. Phil Bryant, asking Mississippi to keep sponsoring a 34-year-old program that resettles children with legal refugee status. The Bryant administration has told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services it’s declining to accept any new children into the Unaccompanied […] [...]

Bryant creates task force to explore Delta water resources

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In […] [...]

Bryant issues executive order to establish Delta water task force

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In […] [...]

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