Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
It's been a drawn out debate the last few months, but charter school legislation just may not make the grade this year. This after the house voted late Monday afternoon to send a senate version to a conference, or negotiating committee.
Democratic representative Chuck Espy wrote the initial house bill and has been fighting for charter schools all session long. He voted to adopt what the senate passed, but says a conference committee will allow house representatives a chance to weigh in.
"We did not have a fair opportunity to debate it on the house floor and by going to conference, it gives us more avenues," said Espy of Clarksdale.
The only avenue Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves sees is the end of the debate. Although Reeves supports charter schools, he says he doesn't believe the bill can face anymore compromise without gutting its overall purpose and weakening the intent.
"We already have a bad charter school bill on the books in our state. We don't need another one," said Reeves.
Espy is still holding out and believes lawmakers can negotiate a working bill. He's even offering an amendment which would allow high performing and star districts the opportunity to opt out of charter schools indefinitely. Espy says that was one of the sticking points for lawmakers from school districts like Desoto County and Bay St. Louis.
"Things around here aren't dead until it is dead, dead, dead. We're just on the second dead, so it hasn't reached its third death yet," said Espy.
Fellow democrat, representative Steve Holland voted to send the bill to conference and says it needs to just go away. Holland says the emphasis and money need to placed back on the state's current public system.
"It's nothing but a siphoning of public money off for private education and I'm just not going to support that," said Holland, of Plantersville.
With a less than optimistic outlook for a committee to hammer out an agreement, Reeves is now turning his attention to next year, to give charter schools a fresh start.
"We need to give these kids the opportunity for success and the fact of the matter is the lobbyists for the status quo won and the kids lost," said Reeves.
If a compromise is not reached and approved, Governor Phil Bryant says he's considering calling a special session to give lawmakers another chance.
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