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Mississippi Board of Education to Seek Bids for State Tests for 2015-2016 Implementation

2014/11/20 – The Mississippi Board of Education announced today that it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2015 for state tests aligned to Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards for the 2015-2016 school year. The MBE will seek a multi-year contract to secure assessments for grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math and… Read more

NAACP: Moss Point Bus Driver Screamed Racial Slur at Elementary Students, District Investigation Under Way

2014/11/20 – (MOSS POINT, Mississippi) The Moss Point-Jackson County NAACP is calling for the removal of a Moss Point bus driver after children claim he screamed a racial slur at them on Monday. Local NAACP President Curley H. Clark said the incident occurred on Bus 55, a bus that carried elementary school-aged children. The white… Read more

Mississippi Race, Arrest Rates Examined

2014/11/20 - Across the nation, numbers are showing that more black people are arrested than any other race, even outnumbering by percentage the black population in most areas. FBI census data shows that Mississippi is no different. Of course the number of arrests among blacks is high in places like Jackson where the number of black… Read more

Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

Salter: Bryant’s Budget Proposal Reflects Election-Year Sensibilities

2014/11/19 - (Starkville, MS) - Gov. Phil Bryant presented an executive budget recommendation that addresses some of the thorny issues that he will confront along with the Republican legislative majority, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. Let’s see, there’s a tax cut plan for low-to-moderate income Mississippians. There’s a pledge to reduce the tax… Read more

Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

Bryant Proposes Tax Cut ‘for Working Families’

2014/11/17 – Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next year, which would include a state income tax break for low- to moderate-income families, provided the state economy remains flush. His proposal includes a non-refundable tax credit for families that have a state tax liability, which means, Bryant said, “only those who are… Read more

Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

Gov. Bryant Seeks $79M Tax Cut for Lower Earners

2014/11/17 –  JACKSON, MS – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that he wants to cut income taxes for some Mississippians earning less than $53,000 a year as part of his 2016 budget proposal. He estimates the tax reduction will return $78.7 million to about 300,000 households, for an average tax cut of around $250 a… Read more