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The Mississippi Legislature has sent Gov. Phil Bryant a bill addressing school safety — specifically, efforts to identify students who may become violent or to stop anyone who comes into a school with a gun and the intention to use it.

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Among the ideas Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is promoting in his campaign for governor is making the Legislature subject to the state’s Public Records Act.

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Those who have some experience in reading the mood of the U.S. Supreme Court came away from Wednesday’s hearing on the Curtis Flowers case certain that it’s going to be a slam-dunk reversal of his latest capital murder conviction.

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Troubled young people can always use more help. Hopefully a new cellphone app will guide a few of them in that direction.

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Unless Gov. Phil Bryant exercises his veto power, Mississippi is about to take a huge step backward in letting voters know who is bankrolling whom in elections.

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On the subject of openness, here comes yet another example debunking the argument for the secrecy under which Mississippi’s College Board conducts its searches for university presidents.

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Here’s a difference between the races that ought to be more thoroughly discussed but rarely is: Federal research says that in 2016, the average black family had a net worth of $17,100 — one tenth the $171,000 in assets of the average white household.

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Mississippi, and acutely the Delta, certainly suffers from a shortage of decent, affordable housing. For that reason, the state made a good backdrop for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to pitch her remedy.

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A new rule proposed by the Trump administration would make patients aware of the negotiated prices between insurance companies and health-care providers.

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This year, Mississippi State’s men’s and women’s teams and the Ole Miss men have qualified for their respective NCAA basketball tourneys.

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Dating back to at least the 1860s, there have been several variations for the maxim about getting things done and not worrying about receiving credit for them.

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On the subject of credit for Republicans, we’ll give some to Sen. Roger Wicker for voting to block President Trump’s effort to usurp the power of Congress to decide how federal money is spent.

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Some principles are worth fighting for, especially when someone else is ponying up the money to pay for the fight.

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To some degree, the resistance to mandatory child vaccinations is an outgrowth of a skepticism grounded in experience. Given the number of times that politicians or government agencies have been caught lying or hiding information during the past, it is no surprise that some people question t…

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed allowing veterans to get their government-sponsored care at private hospitals and clinics if government-run facilities are not nearby or the waiting list for treatment is long.

A clear signal that Mississippi’s campaign season has opened came Monday in the House of Representatives, when lawmakers agreed to quadruple a proposed $1,000 increase in the pay scale for teachers.

You can tell it’s an election year in Leflore County, and it’s not just the campaign signs that are starting to sprout up.

As the latest exhibit of how corrupting big-time college athletics has become, we offer the reaction of Louisiana State University fans at their first opportunity to publicly express their sentiments about a report that their coach may have been caught in a scheme to pay off players.

It’s an unfortunate given that the subject of budget deficits is rarely high on anybody’s list of important topics. But the idea of the federal government spending $1 trillion more each year than it receives in taxes is hard to understand.

A majority of states need to replace their aging election equipment, but the need is most severe in a dozen that are the most susceptible to tampering.

Alex Trebek is best known for hosting the popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” for the past 35 years. But with his announcement this past week that he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer, Trebek can do a world of good by becoming the face of a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all cancers.

Mobile homes are an essential element of America’s residential makeup. But when a large investment company that owns thousands of them talks about its role in providing “affordable housing,” it’s an obvious warning signal.

If R. Kelly was expecting his interview this week on “CBS This Morning” would cast doubts about his guilt on sex-abuse charges, the singer was badly mistaken.

When a police officer kills a citizen, should his identity be kept secret? Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba thinks not. A special task force appointed by the mayor on the issues agrees. But the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which investigates fatal police shootings, has refused to a…

When it was first announced that the Greenwood-Leflore School District was seeking a grant to provide all of its 5,000 students with a computer tablet, it seemed improbable — given the million-dollar price tag — that it would happen.

It’s too easy to criticize public education — its shortage of certified teachers, its rising administrative expenses, the administrators and lawmakers who are unable or unwilling to make substantial improvements.

As the Mississippi Legislature ponders how much of a pay raise to give schoolteachers, one of the claims often voiced by raise backers is that teachers have not received one since 2014.

One of the most important issues in statewide elections this year — especially in the races for governor and lieutenant governor — has to be whether Mississippi is missing the boat, and endangering the economy and the public health, by not expanding Medicaid.

It no longer seems farfetched to predict that at some point in the near future, American voters will elect a woman as president.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2901 seeks to limit premises liability for property owners. The measure has passed both chambers of the Legislature and is currently waiting to see if lawmakers can work out their differences.

North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District may be a long ways from here, but the lessons it has provided in recent days about election fraud have implications far beyond the Tar Heel State.

No one ever said that playing professional football made you a saint, unless you happen to be playing for the team in New Orleans.

The U.S. Supreme Court often is as divided as the rest of the country. It is unusual for the justices to hear a case upon which they can all agree.

The tornadoes that hit Columbus, taking one life, and other parts of the state last weekend are a reminder that Mississippi has the highest death rate from tornadoes of any state in the country at 132 per million residents. At least Mississippi doesn’t suffer from raging forest fires or eart…

Madison County Circuit Judge William Chapman, before his retirement in January, set aside Patrick Beadle’s conviction for drug trafficking and allowed him to plead guilty to simple possession.

If you needed a reminder that lots of politicians take their jobs personally, it came Monday with news that Robert Shuler Smith, the occasionally indicted Hinds County district attorney, is running for governor.

When the U.S. military, under pressure from feminists, dropped all gender distinctions in active duty service, it also removed any logic for requiring only males to register for the draft.

A year ago there was Flippy, the machine being tested to cook hamburgers in fast-food restaurants. Now there is Harv, another machine that faces an even bigger challenge.

When a newspaper editor writes something as off-the-wall as advocating the return of Ku Klux Klan nightriders to string up politicians in Washington, it almost is too ridiculous to deserve comment.

Ever since the Mississippi Legislature passed procurement reform, there has been a constant effort to repeal the changes. This session is no different.

In reclaiming the gavel this year as Speaker of the House, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi returned to the job with some baggage.

We don’t know that Mississippi Senate District 22, even with its majority-black voting-age population, is racially gerrymandered, as federal Judge Carlton Reeves has ruled. We do know that it’s politically gerrymandered.

Bill Waller Jr. has suddenly made the Republican primary for governor in Mississippi more challenging than the presumed front-runner, Tate Reeves, was anticipating.

Jennifer Russell, a Mississippi State Extension Service agent, wrote in her recent column for the Commonwealth that it’s important for couples to “know each other’s love language.”

When it comes to the issue of abortion, there are two diametrically opposed directions the states are taking.

Giving students a chance to voice their questions and concerns about the upcoming consolidation of the Greenwood and Leflore County schools was a reasonable exercise.

There has been yet another disease outbreak, this one of measles in Washington state. The situation once again makes the case that Mississippi’s policy of refusing to grant religious or philosophical vaccination exemptions is the wisest and safest course of action.

Greenwood is offering an amnesty period again to try to get those convicted of misdemeanors to pay off their fines.

One component of criminal justice reform pending before the Mississippi Legislature involves penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

It was inevitable that the battle over administrative forfeiture would end up with the law-enforcement lobby threatening Mississippi legislators with “Whose side are you on, us or the drug dealers?” For decades, this threat has scared legislators into giving law enforcement whatever it wants…

Recently it was announced that Mississippi ranked 49th in overall health in 2018, according to the United Health Foundation, and that the Mississippi High School Activities Association would be adding a pilot video game program in 60 schools.

As of Jan. 1, hospitals were required by the federal government to publish their prices online. The idea behind the mandate was a good one: Consumers could save money — and in the process help restrain health-care costs — by being able to shop around.

It’s not clear whether Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is against incentives for the film industry because they are a poor investment, or because the Hollywood types who benefit from the tax breaks tend to be liberal and don’t support conservative politicians, such as the Republican Reeves.

Ultimately, it’s not the government’s responsibility to keep people from making decisions that could end up killing them.

Republicans across the country regularly get criticized for going too far with restrictive election laws. And sometimes it does look as if these lawmakers are determined to find creative ways to keep people who are likely to vote for Democrats away from the polls.

Mississippi’s homegrown cellular company, C Spire, has moved one step closer to bringing high-speed fiber optic bandwidth speeds to Mississippi’s governmental infrastructure, especially schools and universities.

Jay Hughes, the Democratic Mississippi lawmaker running for lieutenant governor this year, got tripped up last week on a campaign finance reform he supported.

Typically, the Mississippi Department of Corrections prefers to avoid disclosing its problems. So its recent announcement of a significant staff shortage is one sign that this problem is a serious one.