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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Many voters in Mississippi could find one less race on the ballot if a bill in the legislature becomes law. It would make all local school superintendents appointed by school boards, rather than elected, beginning in 2016.
Authored by senate education committee chairman Gray Tollison, the bill passed the senate education committee and is now pending on the senate floor.
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves supports the bill. At this month's Stennis-Capitol Press luncheon, Reeves said with Mississippi's educational rankings, it's another change that's needed for education reform.
"There are less than 150 elected school superintendents in the United State of America. Over half of them reside in the state of Mississippi," said Reeves.
Currently there's 149 superintendents across Mississippi. Of those, 64 are elected. The rest are appointed by school boards. Because of districts lines in Mississippi some school boards are elected, some are appointed and the rest are a blend of both.
"Somebody has to be responsible to the general public," said democratic senator David Jordan.
Jordan says he's not opposed to having superintendents appointed, but says if that's the case, then all school board members should be elected.
"There should be somebody elected according to democracy because somebody has got to speak for the people and be responsible to the people," said Jordan of Greenwood.
Jordan says the legislation is an attempt that's been tried before, but has yet to become reality.
"Somehow it bit the dust down the road, maybe over in the House or someplace," said Jordan.
With education reform at the top of the agenda for many lawmakers this year, a new way of leadership may be the next step.
The bill is expected to go before the full house within the next two weeks.
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