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Governor signs bill for Leflore private prison
Gov. Phil Bryant has signed bill to allow the state to contract with the federal government to house federal inmates in Leflore County in a now closed private prison.
Debate over cursive writing began in 2009 with Common Core
The debate over the value of teaching cursive writing in schools has escalated since the nation’s governors and state education commissioners launched the Common Core State Standards Initiative in 2009.
Cursive writing at risk in U.S. schools
Not far from State Sen. Jean Leising’s capitol office is a museum that prominently displays documents penned by Abraham Lincoln. It’s a favorite educational destination for Indiana schoolchildren in the state where the 16th president grew up.
Teacher colleges join digital trend
The trend toward de-emphasizing cursive writing is also occurring at universities that prepare teachers for the classroom.
Group: Dolphin, turtle deaths a sign of sick Gulf
Continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 spill that spewed 200 million gallons of oil from a well a mile below the surface, a prominent environmental group said Tuesday.
Investigation leads to dogfight raid in Miss.
A raid on a barn in northern Mississippi over the weekend busted up what is thought to be one the biggest annual dogfights in the United States with organizers and participants from around the country, authorities said Monday.
Claims administrator seeks dismissal of BP lawsuit
The court-appointed claims administrator for a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP PLC and a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys asked a federal judge Monday to throw out the company’s lawsuit against him.
Neither party has cash for student loan rate fix
Incoming college freshmen could end up paying $5,000 more for the same student loans their older siblings have if Congress doesn’t stop interest rates from doubling.
Sound familiar? The same warnings came last year. Now the presidential election is over and mandatory budget cuts are taking place, making a deal to avert a doubling of interest rates much more elusive before a July 1 deadline.
Dismissals sought in doctor’s drug raid lawsuit
JACKSON (AP) — A south Mississippi sheriff, a drug task force and board of county supervisors want to be dismissed from a $551 million lawsuit that says a doctor was jailed for 14 months on false drug and witness tampering charges.
The lawsuit is related to a 2009 drug raid on a sprawling property in south Mississippi and the subsequent arrest of Dr. David Bruce Allen, a well-known heart surgeon who had moved to Sacramento, Calif., to open a medical marijuana clinic.
Allen was arrested in the weeks after the raid in Jackson County, Miss., but he was eventually cleared of most charges and a jury couldn’t reach a verdict on others.
USDA says Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday.
The overall corn acreage forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres and reflects a shift in where the grain is grown. Acreage in some states hit hardest by last year’s drought retreated, while Southern states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are shifting cotton acres to corn.
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