WAPT – “I will not pardon anyone,” Bryant says

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has not issued any pardons during nearly eight years in office and said Wednesday that isn’t going to change now that he’s ending his term.

“I’m not considering any pardons. I don’t intend to have one pardon before I leave (as) governor, or after. I will not pardon anyone,” Bryant said. “I do have that power. I do not think it should be used. I’ve said this before, I don’t think any executive should have the power to wash away a crime just because you get elected as governor.”

WLOX – US Navy to name destroyer for Sen. Thad Cochran

A future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named in honor U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

The U.S. Navy will be naming a future guided-missile destroyer after the late U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran from Mississippi.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith praised the decision of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer to name the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer for her Republican predecessor…

…The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are built in shipyards in Pascagoula and Bath, Maine.

Congressman Thompson issues statement following first day of public Impeachment Hearings


McDaniel not running for US Senate in 2020


Senate Democrats endorse Espy’s 2020 run


Sen. Hyde-Smith meets with Sec. of Energy Nominee


Gov. Bryant orders flags to half staff in honor of McCoy


State Democrat Sen. Blount praises new Republican SOS Watson on platform


Secretary DeVos names New Members to National Assessment Governing Board – Mississippi State Superintendent Wright on the list

HomeToday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the appointment of seven leaders from around the country to four-year terms as members of the National Assessment Governing Board.

This year’s slate includes six new members and one re-appointed member. The appointees’ terms officially began on Oct. 1, 2019, and will end on Sept. 30, 2023.

The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card…

…Carey Wright, chief state school officer: Wright is the state superintendent of education for Mississippi. Under her leadership, Mississippi has initiated education reforms that have resulted in unprecedented academic success and rising student achievement. In 2018, Quality Counts recognized Mississippi as one of the five most improved states in the nation.

WDAM – More than half of Mississippi’s schoolchildren didn’t score ‘kindergarten-ready’

More than half of Mississippi’s schoolchildren didn’t score ‘kindergarten-ready’

The Mississippi Department of Education has released the Fall 2019 Kindergarten-Readiness Assessment results.

It showed that only 36.6% of students scoring ‘kindergarten-ready’ this year, which is similar to the percentage from the last four years.

“I taught pre-K, kindergarten and then I’m back in pre-K,” said Johanna Lebern, who teaches pre-K in Pearl. “And one of the things I noticed when I was in kindergarten was that we had a lot of kids coming to us that were not ready.”

Wildlife Management Area named for Gov. Bryant