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Flaggs retiring from Legislature after 2013 session

VICKSBURG — State Rep. George Flaggs, a Democrat from Vicksburg who has served in the House since 1988, says he will retire after the 2013 session. Flaggs said he also would leave his job as administrator of Warren County Youth Detention Center. He says he is considering a run for mayor of Vicksburg. The city’s primary elections are set for ...

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Senate passes bill realigning, condensing court district

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate has approved legislation supported by Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that will realign the federal judicial boundaries for the Northern District of Mississippi, condensing the existing four divisions into three. The Senate by unanimous consent approved the Divisional Realignment Act of 2012 (HR.5512), a measure to redraw federal judicial divisions in ...

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Two-year schools want $101.7M budget increase for 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges are seeking an additional $101.7 million in the 2014 budget year, again arguing that they’ve been particularly ill-treated in recent state spending plans. Eric Clark, executive director of the Community College Board, told lawmakers yesterday money would go to expand worker training, buy new equipment to train students in subjects including welding ...

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Gap between school funding formula, appropriation widening

JACKSON — The gap between the state’s school funding formula and money actually being appropriated could widen past $300 million next year, raising new questions about the formula’s future. Interim state Superintendent Lynn House told legislative budgeters the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will need $300.6 million more in the 2014 budget year than it received this year to reach full ...

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Hood presents check for $35M to state lawmakers

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has delivered a check to lawmakers for over $35 million in monies recovered by his office. As part of the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) litigation, the $35 million returned to the state includes more than $12 million from a settlement with Barr Laboratories Inc., IVAX Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sicor Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA ...

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Democrats choose new candidates for congressional races

MADISON and BILOXI — Mississippi Democrats have chosen two new nominees to challenge Republican incumbents in the state’s 3rd and 4th Districts in the Nov. 6 election. Democratic chairman Rickey Cole says the party will ask the state Election Commission to put the names of Vicki Slater of Madison on the 3rd District ballot and Matthew Moore of Biloxi on ...

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Federal lawmakers working to ensure flow of disaster aid

WASHINGTON — Ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Congressional aides are working quietly on a six-month government-funding bill that would prevent a shutdown of the government next month and ensure that the government’s main disaster relief program gets a steady flow of money. It’s a ...

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Officials want changes to new school-rating system

JACKSON — Even before school and district report cards graded “A” to “F” are rolled out for the first time, it’s clear that lawmakers and education officials have a strong appetite for further changes to how schools are graded. In a hearing yesterday, Mississippi Department of Education officials told lawmakers they expect to examine new ways of grading how much ...

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Lawmakers learn of Education Department evaluation system

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators’ pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system. Andy Baxter of the Southern Regional Education Board made a presentation yesterday to members of the ...

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