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BILOXI — State Rep. Randall Patterson of Biloxi switched to the Republican Party on Thursday, boosting the GOP majority in the lower chamber of the Mississippi Legislature to 66-56 with 2015 elections just around the corner. Patterson, a 66-year-old mechanical contractor who has served in the Legislature as a Democrat since 2004, made the announcement …

JACKSON — Mississippi House members don’t want to proceed with a Senate-backed education bill that includes a proposal for charter schools expansion. The House voted 60-58 to reject a conference with senators on differences over House Bill 890. The bill also includes provisions raising entry standards for teacher education, remains on the House calendar and …