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Mississippi Legislature

Letters to the Editor

D.W. Steel writes about House Bill 2633, which deals with school prayer, and urges the Legislature to leave things as they are by not passing the bill. (February 18, 2013, Page 4)

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    Charters not the ‘school choice’ Mississippi deserves

    Anne White Foster writes a guest column about school choice, charter schools and public school education in Mississippi. (February 15, 2013, Page 4A)

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      Pre-K program OK’d by Senate

      The Senate approved their version of the pre-kindergarten program on Thursday as the House and Senate move forward this week with a variety of education bills. (February 8, 2013, Page 1A, 10A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Deirdre Cooper Owens writes to urge state legislators to expand the number of Mississippians eligible for Medicaid, a move she says will help the state economically as well as in health care. (January 30, 2013, Page 4)

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          Payday lender approval needs to keep time limit

          Have you ever taken out a payday loan? It’s something lots of people do every day, Editor Don Whitten writes, and it’s an industry he feels needs to be regulated and not given an open-ended approval to operate by the state Legislature. (January 28, 2013, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Justin Cluck writes to urge citizens to become involved by looking into charter schools and proposed legislation and to let your representatives in Jackson know how you feel. (January 17, 2013, Page 4)

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              Education top issue in Jackson

              Local legislators all agree that education will be the top issue for the Legislature in Jackson for the next three months. (January 8, 2013, Page 1, 3)

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                City-run farmers’ market doesn’t sprout

                After several heated meetings and discussions on the creation of a city-run market, the necessary legislation needed to form the market died in committee in Jackson. For the city to run the market, it needed approval from the Mississippi Legislature in the form of “local and private legislation.” That bill, sponsored by Oxford Rep. Brad Mayo, died on the last day of the legislative session. (May 9, 2012, Page 1)

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                  Why start school later? Tourism? Heat?

                  The starting date for public schools has been moving up closer and closer to the first of August in recent years, but a measure going through the state Legislature would push it back to the third week in August. Editor Don Whitten looks at the pros and cons of going back to a later starting date. (April 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Bicyclists, motorists must learn to share the road

                    Several months after new laws were passed to promote cyclist safety, some bikers still do not feel safe on many of the area’s roadways. (April 6, 2012, Page 1A)

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