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Universities want bonds to fund $264M in construction

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s public universities say they need $684 million in building renovations and new construction. Officials know lawmakers won’t provide that much money next year. So instead, they’d like predictability when it comes to state bond funding. The College Board voted to forward the top 10 construction priorities of each institution to the Legislature. Lawmakers did not approve ...

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Public schools to ask for $320M increase to 2014 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public school system will seek an additional $320 million for the 2014 budget year, according to figures released yesterday. Each year, the state Board of Education must compute the amount called for under the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 funding formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Under the 1997 law that created MAEP, that’s the amount ...

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Legislature delivers redisticting plan to Justice Department

JACKSON — Legislative leaders say plans for new district lines for the House and Senate have been delivered to the Department of Justice. House Elections Committee chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the legislative plan was delivered this week. The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts have to be updated after each Census to account ...

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With disaster declaration, Cochran says drought needs 'careful monitoring'

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — With the U.S. Department of Agriculture issuing a drought disaster designation for north Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the expanding drought situation across the nation deserves careful monitoring. The USDA has notified Mississippi officials that four Mississippi counties — DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica — have been granted primary natural disaster designations, with another six listed ...

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Black lawmakers to push for expanded Medicaid program

JACKSON — Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul. The lawmakers, speaking at the state Capitol, say they will seek legislation to ratify covering more low-income adults in the 2013 Legislature. “We, the members of the legislative black caucus see this as a step forward in ...

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