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Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The state’s public schools have been ...

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State Rep. Gibbs dies of cancer at 76

TUPELO — State Rep. David Gibbs, recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes, died yesterday. He was 76. Gibbs, who had cancer, died about 5 a.m. yesterday, said Rep. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. He had been hospitalized at Northeast Mississippi ...

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Ailing state lawmaker withdraws letter of resignation

WEST POINT — Mississippi House officials say ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature. A letter of resignation from Gibbs was never filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, so the resignation never took effect, said Nathan Wells, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn. When the legislative session opened Tuesday, ...

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Governor reiterates his anti-abortion position

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant told several dozen pastors and other abortion proponents yesterday that he supports a bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It’s similar to a bill that was filed and killed by a Senate chairman last year. “It would tell that mother, ‘Your child has a heartbeat,'” Republican Bryant said ...

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State lawmaker filing resolution on Sandy-recovery funding

JACKSON — A Democratic state lawmaker is filing a resolution that urges Mississippi’s entire congressional delegation to support federal spending for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The resolution by Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis isn’t expected to mention Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo by name. But, it’s a rebuke of Palazzo’s vote last week against putting $9.7 billion into the ...

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Powell wins House seat; nine to vie for Senate post

BRANDON and HINDS COUNTY —Brent Powell has been elected to the Mississippi Legislature during a special House election. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Brandon Republican garnered more than 51 percent of the vote. He avoids a Jan. 29 runoff election. Powell faced Republicans Bradley Lum and Scot Allen, and independent Benny L. Hubbard. They were vying for the seat left by ...

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PEER recommends changes to PERS administration

JACKSON — The PEER Committee has released a report on its review of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS). The scope and purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive look into the decision-making processes of the PERS board of trustees, its staff and its contractual advisors to determine whether the PERS board is positioned to manage ...

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Congressman to reintroduce bill on hunting rolled rice fields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Congressional delegations from Mississippi and Arkansas have backed legislation to clarify that hunting over a rolled rice field is not illegal field baiting. The legislation promoted by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., died in the past Congress. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., whose district is the largest rice producer in the state, tells ...

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Charter school proponents to try again next session

JACKSON — A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again. “I believe a large majority of ...

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