PLUNKETT: Senator Watson calls out Daily Journal for bias, they respond by deleting evidence.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett (UPDATE: Editor Lloyd Gray claims the loss of data on the specific dates are simply a coincidence and it was due to system problems. A very interesting coincidence, indeed. Believable? You decide. But, unlike the Daily Journal's biased report that started all this mess, I'm at least willing to update … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Senator Watson calls out Daily Journal for bias, they respond by deleting evidence.

Pickering to study viability of hospitals


The office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering will be studying which community-owned hospitals in Mississippi are facing economic difficulties and why. Pickering says he is concerned that some accessibility to health care will be lost if those hospitals can’t remain viable. Pickering spoke earlier this week to a forum hosted by Mississippi State University’s Stennis … Continue reading Pickering to study viability of hospitals

Previously suspected ricin mailer Kevin Curtis’ Attorney says charges have been dropped.


This story has had so many twists and turns of late they are difficult to keep track of. Everett Dutschke, a former candidate for House District 16 in 2007 who ran against Steve Holland, and apparently caused a ruckus in Verona a few years ago, was implicated yesterday. His house was searched today. Then they … Continue reading Previously suspected ricin mailer Kevin Curtis’ Attorney says charges have been dropped.

Crawford: Third grade reading bill is “half-hearted” effort.


Bryant’s Third Grade Gate copies Florida’s highly successful program. But Florida required annual screening, committed substantial resources for intervention, and included reading coaches in its program. “Reading proficiency is the foundation for all education progress, and many public school supporters believed that using the Florida model, which achieved substantial results, could become effective in Mississippi,” … Continue reading Crawford: Third grade reading bill is “half-hearted” effort.

AP: Gov. Bryant staff suggested DPS stall on release of gun owners personal info.


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff suggested that the Department of Public Safety should delay fulfilling requests for gun permit records until a law could be enacted to shield them from public scrutiny, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. The emails, obtained under a public records request, show Bryant staff counsel Jack Wilson on Jan. … Continue reading AP: Gov. Bryant staff suggested DPS stall on release of gun owners personal info.

Concealed Carry privacy passes House second time, now headed to Gov. Bryant’s desk.


The Mississippi House has sent a bill to the governor's desk to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons. The move came Thursday even as controversy intensified over the Department of Public Safety's apparent decision to delay pending requests for the records until the bill was pushed into … Continue reading Concealed Carry privacy passes House second time, now headed to Gov. Bryant’s desk.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant plans trade trip to Japan, South Korea


Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a trade delegation to Japan and Korea in September. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Bryant announced the trade mission during a speech Monday at a meeting of the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association in Oxford. Bryant says he hopes several Mississippi business executives can go on the trip. Bryant … Continue reading Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant plans trade trip to Japan, South Korea

State collaborates on vocation test


The Mississippi Department of Education has joined with the University of Kansas on a new test to determine if vocational students are ready for their chosen career. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/t8RGtY) that Mississippi officials hope the Career Pathways Assessment System will be ready for use by 2014. Officials say the program will … Continue reading State collaborates on vocation test

Bobby Harrison on PERS Commission: Criticizing media and sincerity of public employees seems suspicious


Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Bobby Harrison column. Related articles Miss. House chair says he might force appearance by head of PERS study group, the G'port mayor | The Republic (mississippipep.wordpress.com) PERS members under attack (letters) | gulflive.com (mississippipep.wordpress.com) Explaining The Confusion Surrounding P.E.R.S. - WCBI (mississippipep.wordpress.com) Outcome of PERS Study Uncertain - Noise - … Continue reading Bobby Harrison on PERS Commission: Criticizing media and sincerity of public employees seems suspicious