Gov. Bryant and Miss Mississippi address teen pregnancy.


Wednesday, in front of a crowd at the Kroc Center in Biloxi, Bryant said, "One of my goals and achievements was to reduce teen pregnancy by 2017. People came up and said, 'boy, you are in trouble now. That's just not going to happen, and people are going to say you failed.' Well, I will … Continue reading Gov. Bryant and Miss Mississippi address teen pregnancy.

ERICKSON: Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor.


The colonists — the revolutionaries — did not want something new, but something old. By 1776, eighty-eight years after their Glorious Revolution, the colonists realized they would have to throw off the old form of government for something new in order to gain back those rights they realized neither Crown nor Government acknowledged they had. … Continue reading ERICKSON: Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor.

$4.3M donation to expand teacher program in the Delta


Arkansas’ Walton family is giving $4.3 million to sustain and expand Teach for America operations in Mississippi and Arkansas. The program recruits aspiring teachers, mainly recent college graduates, to work for two years as teachers in underserved schools. The Waltons, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, have been giving money to Teach for America since 1993, … Continue reading $4.3M donation to expand teacher program in the Delta

Invitations go out to conservatives to join senate coalition to evaluate legislation.


Eleven of the 32 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate say they're forming a conservative coalition to help evaluate bills. In announcing their plan Tuesday, they say they're not disgruntled. They also say they're inviting others to join, sending letters today to their fellow senators. "This is about advancing conservative issues. Period. End of game," said … Continue reading Invitations go out to conservatives to join senate coalition to evaluate legislation.

GIPSON: Clarification of Constitutional Gun Rights protects all Mississippians.


BY: Andy Gipson @AndyGipsonMS The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution have always recognized "the right to keep and bear arms" without a permit. Our State Constitution provides: Article 3, Section 12. Right to bear arms: The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in … Continue reading GIPSON: Clarification of Constitutional Gun Rights protects all Mississippians.

Hosemann says revenue generated from 16th Section land reaches record levels.


Revenue generated from 16th Section land across the State reached record levels in 2012 -- approximately $89,223,643 -- all of which goes directly to the education of our children. "This $89 million will help alleviate some of the financial headaches faced by our school districts today. In times of serious cutbacks and strict budgets, we … Continue reading Hosemann says revenue generated from 16th Section land reaches record levels.

Treasurer Fitch and MPACT Board working to revamp troubled program.


Mississippi's Prepaid College Tuition program is at a stand-still. It's supposed to allow parents to lock in college tuition rates early and not have to pay for any tuition hikes later. But there's been a growing crack in the piggy bank. A recent audit of the program raised multiple financial concerns and put the board … Continue reading Treasurer Fitch and MPACT Board working to revamp troubled program.

BROWN: Democrats proposal expands health insurance to Mississippians with reduced risks to the state.


BY: Cecil Brown Democrats in the legislature recently offered a compromise proposal to end the standoff on Medicaid expansion. Under our proposal, Mississippi would adopt Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney’s idea for a state based health insurance exchange. We will then use the billions of new federal dollars we will receive under the Affordable Care … Continue reading BROWN: Democrats proposal expands health insurance to Mississippians with reduced risks to the state.

CRAWFORD: MS Power’s Kemper Plant a solid long-term investment.


In 2009 when Mississippi Power Company began discussions with the Mississippi Public Service Commission about its need to replace aging coal-fired plants, adding a new natural gas plant was considered. However, this would have made MPCo’s generating capacity 75% dependent on price-volatile natural gas. The Commission instead approved the lignite plant, giving MPCo a diversified … Continue reading CRAWFORD: MS Power’s Kemper Plant a solid long-term investment.

Mississippi may have more money in FY 2014.


House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the state is poised to end the fiscal year later this month with a “substantial” surplus, based on May tax collections. For May, the state collected $170.9 million, or 44.5 percent, more than the amount the state’s fiscal leaders projected would be collected. Those official projections were used … Continue reading Mississippi may have more money in FY 2014.