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Gov. Phil Bryant names 4 men to 9-year College Board terms

February 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has named four men to nine-year terms on the College Board that would begin May 9. Delta Council Executive Vice President Chip Morgan of Leland was named to a central district seat to succeed Bob Owens of Jackson. Businessman Thomas Duff of Columbia was named to a southern district seat […]

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Alday says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for remarks on black people

February 17, 2015

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JACKSON — A DeSoto County House member is apologizing for remarks he made to a newspaper about black people in his hometown. Rep. Gene Alday, a Walls Republican, made a brief speech Tuesday as the House began business, describing himself as “deeply sorry.” Alday told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in a story Sunday that in Walls, […]

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Iran bill dies, new version likely

February 17, 2015

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Legislation designed to prevent the state from contracting with companies that do business with Iran and perhaps affecting the state’s relationship with Toyota Motor Corp., died a quiet death Monday in the Senate. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly last week, died on the Senate calendar when the Senate leadership opted […]

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

February 16, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, […]

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House votes to remove graduation requirement to pass tests

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — The movement to allow Mississippi public high school students to graduate without passing four subject area tests continues to gain steam in the Legislature. The House Thursday voted 119-0 to pass House Bill 665, which would remove the tests in algebra I, biology, English II and U.S. history as a barrier beginning this […]

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House bill would clarify who can vote in primary runoffs

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — A bill clarifying who can vote in party primary runoffs is moving forward. The House Thursday passed House Bill 1069 (http://bit.ly/1BE2wy3 ) by a vote of 101-19. It makes it a misdemeanor to vote or try to vote in one party’s primary runoff after voting in another party’s primary. The bill, which moves to […]

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Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. But after more than an hour of debate, senators rejected an effort to change the bill to make the state unequivocally dump Common Core State Standards. The effort to […]

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Special education voucher plan passes Mississippi Senate

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools. Senate Bill 2695 passed Wednesday, with 27 senators voting for it and 21 against it. The proposal will move to the […]

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Miss. lawmakers working to change state contract process

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill designed to bring more public scrutiny to state government contracts. House Bill 825 on Wednesday and will move to the Senate for more work. The bill would create a new contract review board, with members appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor. The proposed changes come […]

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Senate backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — State senators want to sign Mississippi onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention that would force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase the national debt. The Senate voted 30-18 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2389, seeking a convention. The measure moves to the House for […]

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