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Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along with 44 other states. Hill ...

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Governor sets elections to fill seats left by mayors

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant has set elections to fill three House seats vacated when incumbents were elected as mayors. Bryant set Nov. 5 as the special election date in Districts 5, 55 and 110. Qualifying for the nonpartisan elections closes Oct. 7. If candidates don’t win majorities on Nov. 5, runoffs would be Nov. 26. District 5, covering ...

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Former lawmaker Jim Bean dead at 80

HATTIESBURG — Former state Sen. James L. “Jim” Bean of Hattiesburg, who championed rural health care and programs for children, has died at a hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 80. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home say Bean died Monday at Wesley Medical Center. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. Funeral arrangements were pending. A list of survivors ...

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New Senate conservative coalition forms

JACKSON — Eleven of the 32 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate said yesterday that they are forming a conservative coalition to help evaluate bills. “We are not disgruntled. We are not unhappy. We are not rogue. We are not covert. We are not subversive,” Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, the coalition chairman, said in announcing the group. However, it’s been ...

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Democratic lawmakers propose Medicaid expansion alternative

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are proposing a way to provide health coverage to about 300,000 people without expanding Medicaid. They say Mississippi should enact a plan similar to what Arkansas is proposing — using federal money to help low-income people buy private health insurance. About two-dozen Democrats from the House and Senate attended a news conference Wednesday ...

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Candidates line up for vacant Coast House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — The four candidates running for a South Mississippi seat say they are worried that turnout will be low Tuesday. The Sun Herald reports that the special election falls between a municipal runoff and a general election. Attorney Patricia H. Willis, fourth-grade teacher Sherri Carr Bevis, federal retiree Grant Bower and insurance salesman Tommy Ballard are running to replace the ...

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Board to ask lawmakers for additional $30M for 2015 budget

JACKSON — The College Board will seek roughly $30 million more in state money in the 2015 budget year. The board members voted today to ask the Legislature for the money for Mississippi’s eight public universities. Though the 2014 budget year doesn’t begin until July 1, state agencies begin planning requests for the following year in the spring, in advance ...

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Dems crafting Medicaid proposal ahead of possible special session

JACKSON — Mississippi legislative Democrats say they’re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. They say they’re doing this in case Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before the end of June. However, Bryant said last week he believes he can run Medicaid without legislative authorization — even ...

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PEER reviews wildlife programs, makes recommendations

JACKSON — Questions have arisen over the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ management of selected wild game in Mississippi (i.e., the waterfowl, turkey and deer management programs), according to the PEER Committee. Also, some citizens have questioned the expanded use of privately owned pens for deer management and whether the use of such is consistent with state law. ...

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