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There are too many tests. The tests aren’t a fair gauge of students, their teachers or their schools. The tests are racially biased. Some children just don’t test well.

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Here’s some disappointing news from the American College of Gastroenterology: 15 million people experience heartburn, or acid indigestion, every day. The condition affects up to 60 million Americans every month, or almost 1 in every 5 of us.

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OXFORD — There isn’t any doubt that one of the newest residents of Mississippi will be the highest paid public employee in the state come next year.

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For anybody who remembers the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing; or who is interested in the way law enforcement and the news media work during a crisis; or who simply likes the films of director Clint Eastwood, the new movie “Richard Jewell” ought to be worth a look.

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Walmart’s critics are having a field day with the discovery of a poor attempt at humor on the retail giant’s website for Canadian shoppers.

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JACKSON — Joel Bomgar, successful tech entrepreneur and state representative from Madison, is leading the charge to bring medical marijuana to Mississippi.

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The Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives seem determined to fast-track the impeachment of President Donald Trump, even while they know that, as it now stands, they are unlikely to get any Republican votes in their chamber nor secure a conviction in the Republican-controlle…

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JACKSON — Today’s technology has helped usher in what is commonly referred to as the sharing economy. This is a broad term we use for an economic system where services are provided in exchange for a fee, via a third-party facilitator.

Honduran authorities say a television journalist was shot to death late last month shortly after leaving his station. Security spokesman Jair Meza Barahona says that José Arita was killed after leaving Channel 12 in the north coast city of Puerto Cortes. The initial investigation suggests th…

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

MERIDIAN — As we adults bumble into this Christmas season (Advent started Dec. 1), some of our attention should turn toward our behavior and that of our favorite leaders.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy should pay back the $30,000 the state auditor says Dowdy owes for improper payments he received.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released a new report of Mississippi's physician workforce. The gloomy report shows Mississippi to be 50th in the nation in active patient care physicians per capita. The report also shows 34 percent of the existing active care physicians in M…

STARKVILLE – The Great Assumption in Mississippi politics has long been that race is the lowest common denominator. For good or ill, it is undeniable that this assumption is the basis for how political campaigns are operated, for the crafting of political messaging, and for the evolution of …

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has got to be kidding himself if he thinks it’s a good idea for families to take more money out of their retirement savings to pay for college tuition.

It is amazing — and disturbing — how much people are willing to spend in the often fruitless pursuit of a championship-caliber college football team.

OXFORD — Billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and Mississippi policymakers are poles apart philosophically, but they have one thing in common.

State Auditor Shad White, in a report last month, gave the Mississippi Legislature a good way to justify this year’s pay raise for teachers in public schools.

JACKSON — U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan of the Southern District of Mississippi at some point will either throw out the lawsuit challenging the legality of provisions of the Mississippi Constitution requiring the state House in some instances to decide statewide elections or he will hold…

Put a fork in ’em. The Democrats are done as a statewide force in Mississippi, and it may take a generation or longer before that changes.

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend may not be the best time to point this out. But a study looking at six decades of data in the United States reports that overall life expectancy has declined in each of the past three years.

Unless you are an unforgiving Mississippi State fan, you have to feel a little sorry for Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore.

STARKVILLE — As a longtime state lottery supporter, I quietly celebrated the official beginning Monday of Mississippi’s entry into this form of raising state revenue as a small victory over the notion of Mississippi continuing to shoot itself in the foot through senseless and unjustifiable l…

Government efficiency is usually an oxymoron — that is, if the government is running something, it’s not likely to be very efficient.

Because so much of retail spending occurs during the Christmas shopping season, this is the time to remind people to try to do as much of their holiday gift buying as they can with their hometown merchants.

JACKSON — Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that “states that thoughts, feelings and behavior are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behavior,…

MADISON — We shouldn’t limit being thankful to the last Thursday in November, especially in America.

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Randolph is on a campaign to secure more funding for the state’s drug courts, which he says have shown outstanding success in addressing one of society’s most vexing problems.

OXFORD — I used to have a framed copy of this quote on my office wall: “It’s a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.”

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has an excellent record of preserving the state’s history. But in considering a closed Jackson motel for a historic landmark designation, the agency is missing the mark.

Excuse us if we are not as excited as some about the start this week of the Mississippi Lottery.

Every county in Mississippi saw its average income per person increase in 2018, according to recently released federal data. At first glance, that’s further indication of a state economy that is slowly building steam following what has been a long recovery from the Great Recession.

MERIDIAN — Single moms living in poverty and children born into those households didn’t capture much attention in recent statewide elections. Trends suggest paying attention might be very important.

Although most of the attention in Washington these days regarding Donald Trump has to do with the possibility of his impeachment over allegedly bribing Ukraine to investigate a political rival, there’s another battle involving the Republican president that’s worthy of note.

There are indeed some professions — such as plumber, carpenter, electrician, maybe computer programmer — in which you don’t need to go to college to earn a good living.

We’ve heard the expression that even if you leave the Delta, you can’t wash the mud completely off of you — meaning, that there is something about this beguiling region that becomes part of who you are and does not shake loose, no matter where you go.

STARKVILLE — Mississippi House Speaker William J. “Billy” McCoy was a second-generation state lawmaker, a college-educated vocational agriculture teacher, a Farmers Home Administration loan officer and briefly an auditor for the state — and yes, he was a farmer and one of his family’s succes…

JACKSON — Back in the 1930s and 1940s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.

Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns deserved the season-ending suspension he received for conking Mason Rudolph on the head with the Pittsburgh quarterback’s own helmet near the end of their game last week.