JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The federal government has granted Mississippi permission to delay a year using evaluations to hire and fire teachers. The decision was announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says officials want another year of test data.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A task force that's trying to cut Mississippi's ballooning prison population is tentatively suggesting several changes in how criminals are sentenced and released. The net effect would be to reduce the number of people in state custody. They now number more than 22,000.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The last six of nine planned branch closures will be completed by Monday as Renasant Bank's merger with M&F Bank if finalized. Tomorrow, three former M&F Bank locations in Tupelo will close for good. Three remaining branches in Kosciusko, Southaven and Birmingham, Ala., will close on Monday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A law enforcement official says it's not clear who shot and wounded a U.S. Marshals task force agent during the search for a murder suspect in Jackson. The wounded officer is a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent assigned to the task force. His stomach was grazed by a shot Tuesday during the search of a house.