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The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he’s willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don’t think they can turn their life around there, he’ll pay for them to move elsewhere. Espy says that’s …

Mississippi 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, was one of the names floated Monday as a possibility to replace outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Thompson has represented the 2nd District — which encompasses the Mississippi Delta and parts of Hinds County — since the early 1990s. His seat is considered the safest in the …

JACKSON — Emotions flared yesterday as a House committee rejected efforts to widen Mississippi’s provisions for charter schools, but the issue was far from dead. Gov. Phil Bryant immediately threatened a special session, and senators tried to figure out if they could tack most or all of the charter language onto another bill. House Education …

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP …

Depending on where one is in the Second Congressional District depends on what issue or issues heads a list of concerns by potential voters for the June 6 primary. But some issues are clear. The district has lost thousands of manufacturing and agricultural jobs; test scores are down in many of the school districts; 192,000 …