YP – Governor Tate Reeves announces nationwide search for new MDOC Commissioner

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced a group of diverse, experienced Mississippians to help in the mission of finding a new leader for the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Holding a press conference in the Governor’s press briefing room, Governor Reeves was joined by the group, led by Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr., that will assist in a nationwide search to provide a recommendation for the MDOC Commissioner.

“We cannot rush the critical job of finding a new Commissioner for the Department of Corrections. We must get this right for the people of Mississippi. I am turning to my fellow Mississippians to help me in this mission,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

WTVA – Governor appoints interim MDOC Commissioner

Gov. Tate Reeves has named the interim commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).



Reeves announced the appointment of Tommy Taylor, who is closing out his duties as Boyle’s mayor to begin serving as interim commissioner right away.

YP – Speaker Gunn comments on legislative pay and PERS retirees

 

YP – Mississippi’s graduation rate exceeds national average

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the high school graduation rates for the 2018-19 school year, which show the state’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 85%, higher than the most recent national graduation rate. The 2019 national graduation rate is expected to be released later this month.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities nearly doubled from 23.2% in 2014 to 42.2% this year.



Senators applaud passage of USMCA

 

Espy calls on Hyde-Smith to be impartial juror in Impeachment Trial of Trump

 

YP – Who Mississippians will see on their ballot running for President

 

WDAM – MS Board of Education votes to keep U.S. History exam after considering elimination

MS Board of Education votes to keep U.S. History exam after considering elimination

The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to keep the U.S. History end-of-course assessment.

The SBE’s final decision on the end-of-course assessment comes after a public comment period and review of an Accountability Task Force (ATF) recommendation. In November, the SBE asked for information from the ATF on how the possible elimination of the U.S. History assessment would impact the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System.



Hosemann commemorates first bill out of the MS Senate in 2020

 

WLOX – IHL delays vote on request to relocate Confederate statue at Ole Miss

IHL delays vote on request to relocate Confederate statue at Ole Miss

The Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees on Thursday decided to delay voting on the request to relocate the Confederate monuments on the University of Mississippi’s campus.

The statue is expected to move from a central spot on the Oxford campus to a Confederate cemetery, which is also on campus.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History voted back in December to remove the statue from a central location on the campus.

WLBT – MDWFP issues hunting season closures due to flooding

MDWFP issues hunting season closures due to flooding

Heavy rains and rising Mississippi River levels have hunters yet again looking down the barrel of hunting season closures. As a result of these high-water levels, all hunting except for waterfowl, will close based on these parameters (projected date of closure levels listed for each zone)