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Ever-changing grade system for public schools in flux again

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Mississippi's system for assigning A-to-F letter grades to public schools keeps changing, and it looks like the state may have to reset the scale again in 2018.

 

 

Presley says he won't run for Mississippi Senate

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

A distant cousin of Elvis Presley who might have been Democrats' strongest contender for U.S. Senate in heavily Republican Mississippi says he won't run this year.

 

 

Mississippi House advances new public school funding formula

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi House members chose Republicans vision of practicality and transparency in education funding Wednesday over Democrats' aims for more money and more equitable treatment of poor students.

 

 

House plan: Little change in aid to schools in next 2 years

Posted 1/17/2018 in State

There would be little change in state aid to Mississippi public school districts in the next two years under a new funding formula being pushed by House Republican leaders.

 

 

Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

Posted 1/17/2018 in State

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there.

 

 

Rates to rise for 2 Mississippi electrical utilities

Posted 1/17/2018 in State

Customers of Mississippi's two privately owned electrical utilities will see higher rates starting in February.

 

 

3 Mississippi insurers broaden coverage for autism services

Posted 1/17/2018 in State

Three insurance companies in Mississippi have agreed to provide more extensive coverage of services for people with autism and other developmental disorders.

 

 

Some criticize fast track for education funding revision

Posted 1/16/2018 in State

Some Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi's education funding formula.

 

 

Inmate convicted of giving fatal buttocks injection dies

Posted 1/16/2018 in State

A Mississippi inmate convicted of giving fatal and illicit silicone buttocks injections to a woman has died at age 58.

 

 

Analysis: Budget increase sought amid popularity of museums

Posted 1/15/2018 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History receives a small slice of the state budget. But, with two new museums already gaining international attention, the department plays a large role in shaping the public perception of the state.

 

 

Health officials: Mississippi having busy flu season

Posted 1/15/2018 in State

Mississippi health officials say that because of a busy flu season, some hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities may restrict visitors and limit access to public waiting areas.

 

 

'Mississippi Burning' KKK leader Killen dies in prison at 92

Posted 1/13/2018 in State

Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.

 

 

Mississippi giving away radon test kits this month

Posted 1/13/2018 in State

Mississippi's health department is giving away radon test kits this month.

 

 

Local road and bridge plan gets bipartisan support in House

Posted 1/12/2018 in State

With bipartisan support, the Mississippi House is advancing a plan to send millions of state dollars to cities and counties to help pay for roads and bridges.

 

 

Plan would help cities and counties pay for roads, bridges

Posted 1/11/2018 in State

The Mississippi House has a new proposal to help pay for roads and bridges.

 

 

Bryant: Mississippi reality different from critics' view

Posted 1/10/2018 in State

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.

 

 

Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Posted 1/10/2018 in State

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.

 

 

Judge: Racial bias lawsuit against coroner can proceed

Posted 1/10/2018 in State

Six black-owned funeral homes can proceed toward trial with their lawsuit alleging that a Mississippi Gulf Coast coroner discriminates in favor of white-owned competitors, a federal judge has ruled.

 

 

School choice push continues in Senate, House chance unclear

Posted 1/10/2018 in State

Mississippi parents who support using public money to send more children to private schools are pushing for action in the 2018 legislature.

 

 

Tupelo mayor furls rebel-themed Miss. flag at police building

Posted 1/10/2018 in State

The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag is being removed from display outside a city's police building.

 

 

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