Posted 13 hours ago

Lawsuit challenges Mississippi gay marriage ban

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Two same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in Mississippi filed the first federal challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban on Monday, the latest in a string of similar lawsuits nationwide.

“We’re hoping the case will move quickly,” said Aaron Sarver of the North Carolina-based gay-rights organization Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the women in the U.S.…

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Posted 13 hours ago

HALL: Travis Childers will not be the next U.S. senator from the Magnolia State.

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BY: Sam Hall

This will come as no surprise to most voters, but Childers seemingly got into this race for one reason: Had incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran lost his primary, Childers was ready to wage a war for the heart of Mississippi voters. He would have tried to paint a narrative that offered a choice between moderate, pragmatic Mississippi values and a far-right national movement.

But Cochran…

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Posted 17 hours ago

State Auditor Stacey Pickering tells Legislature that MAEP formula needs close examination in 2015 session.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering tells Legislature that MAEP formula needs close examination in 2015 session.

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State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula.

The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

“Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made to the…

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Posted 19 hours ago

MS Supreme Court allows Lee County judge more time in judicial misconduct case.

MS Supreme Court allows Lee County judge more time in judicial misconduct case.

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The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from office and pay more than $11,000 in fines and costs.

The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday rescheduled the deadline for Thompson’s attorney to file in the case.

In its complaint, the Commission on Judicial Performance cited Thompson for several instances of misconduct.

Among…

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Posted 1 day ago

PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics

PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics

BY: Geoff Pender

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Many of our roads and bridges are in poor shape and expected to get worse from lack of maintenance. On present course, experts predict more than half the state’s roads will be un-travelable by 2030.

Part of the problem is the state, with an ambitious road building program in the 1980s, added 3,000 miles of four-lane highways with no money programmed for maintenance. Plus, some…

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Posted 2 days ago

PLUNKETT: Constitutional Conservatism is about neither blind allegiance nor political jihad.

PLUNKETT: Constitutional Conservatism is about neither blind allegiance nor political jihad.

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett

It is unfortunate to see the misrepresentation going on by Ryan Walters, and his descent into labeling and grouping anyone and everyone who doesn’t adhere to what he perceives to be the “politically correct” way or to worship at the “politically correct” alter.

His latest comes on the heels of some anonymous hack coming after me personallyfor the unforgivable…

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Posted 2 days ago

The Unheeded Secret

BY: Oswald Chambers

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world” —John 18:36

The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does…

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Posted 3 days ago
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Mississippi Schools Graded According to New Accountability System and U.S. Department of Education Waivers

Mississippi Schools Graded According to New Accountability System and U.S. Department of Education Waivers

The Mississippi Department of Education today released letter grades for schools and districts based on Mississippi’s new accountability system, which evaluates how schools and districts performed after implementing the state’s more rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

Official district grades for 2013-14 include 19 “A” districts, 43 “B” districts, 48 “C” districts, 39 “D” districts and…

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Posted 3 days ago

Without waivers, 16 Mississippi school districts would have lost “A” ratings.

Without waivers, 16 Mississippi school districts would have lost “A” ratings.

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Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year.

Under grades announced Friday by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an F. Fourteen with an F in 2013 raised their grades. At the…

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