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House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards to approve charters in their ...

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Deer disease in Missouri gives Legislature more to consider

JACKSON — Missouri is the 15th state with confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild cervid populations. Wildlife officials there say tests found two white-tailed bucks killed by deer hunters in Macon County, Mo., in November tested positive for the deadly disease. They were discovered by Missouri’s Department of Conservation after it began testing tissue samples collected from ...

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State Senate passes expanded charter school bill

JACKSON — Senators voted 34-17 yesterday for a relatively broad plan to expand charter schools in Mississippi. During a five-hour debate, the Republican majority turned back a series of amendments, some of which would have narrowed the expansion. As passed, the bill would allow students from anywhere in the state to attend a charter school. School boards in 32 highly ...

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Bryant asking for more money to cover staff expenses

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is requesting an additional $355,531 to cover expenses for his staff through the end of the fiscal year after his predecessor, Haley Barbour, spent more than half of the yearly budget for the governor’s staff before departing. Bryant is also seeking $119,000 to pay for workers at the Governor’s Mansion for 18 months, to replace ...

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Senate committee amends charter school bill

JACKSON — Online charter schools would not be allowed under a bill that Mississippi senators are pushing forward. A committee agreed today to an amendment banning such virtual schools, which have been a subject of intense argument among education advocates. The bill would also let charter schools sponsor prekindergarten programs, although no state money is provided for students four years ...

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GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is scheduled to end in early ...

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Lawmakers facing first major deadline for filing bills

JACKSON — Members of the Mississippi House and Senate are facing their first major deadline of year. Today is the final day for lawmakers to file general bills or constitutional amendments that will be considered during their four-month session. The session started in early January and ends in early May. Bills are already filed on several big issues, including charter ...

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Committee approves bill aimed at boosting shrimpers, oystermen

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Legislation aimed at helping people who make their living harvesting shrimp and oysters from coastal waters have been approved by a Senate committee. The Mississippi Press reports two bills were approved by the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee. State Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, and the committee chairman, said one bill would reopen oyster beds that ...

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City to ask for tax hike to fund capital improvements

HOLLY SPRINGS — The city of Holly Springs will ask the Legislature to approve a local 1 cent sales tax with the proceeds supporting a large capital improvements program. Mayor Andre DeBerry tells the South Reporter the levy would bring in about $171,428 a year. DeBerry says the revenue would eventually produce $8 million to purchase equipment such as a ...

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