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Report lauds quality of Mississippi’s preschool program

A new report released Wednesday says Mississippi’s state-funded preschool program, though small, continues to score well on quality measures. The report by the National Institute for Early Education Research, says Mississippi’s program meets nine of 10 standards set by the institute. Nationwide, states provide preschool for about a third of 4-year-olds, but Mississippi’s state program reaches only 3 percent of such children, ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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Governor indicates transportation special session possible

The conclusion of the 2018 legislative session does not mean efforts to find consensus on a plan to spend more money on transportation have ended for the year, multiple officials have said. And if those efforts are productive, Gov. Phil Bryant could call a special session of the Legislature to adopt them. “Gov. Bryant is working with House and Senate ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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Hyde-Smith officially appointed to US Senate seat

The governor of Mississippi appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Cochran, who is 80, is stepping down April 1 because of poor health. Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 nonpartisan special election to ...

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Mississippi gov won’t appoint self to Senate

The Latest on the upcoming vacancy U.S. Senate vacancy in Mississippi (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Mississippi’s Republican governor says he will not appoint himself to succeed longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Gov. Phil Bryant says there’s “something nefarious” about a governor appointing himself to another office. Bryant also says: “Washington’s not where I want to be just now” and ...

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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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Governor: Mississippi reality different from critics’ view

Critics are painting a negative picture of Mississippi but the state is enjoying low unemployment and is improving its public education system, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday night in a State of the State speech that offered a few new proposals. “The proverbial critics would have you believe that one is a declining state whose people are suffering mightily,” ...

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Downward budget trend could continue in 2018

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – If preliminary numbers hold, 2018 will mark the third consecutive session where Mississippi legislators cut state spending. The budgets proposed for the upcoming fiscal year by both the Legislative Budget Committee and by Gov. Phil Bryant call for less spending than the budget passed in the 2017 session for the current fiscal ...

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