JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Negotiators are putting final touches on a $5.5 billion Mississippi budget for the coming year.
Leaders have until 8 p.m. Saturday to file their final plan. They say they'll have no trouble meeting that deadline.
At midday, the two Appropriations chairmen - Republican Herb Frierson of Poplarville from the House and Republican Eugene "Buck" Clarke of Hollandale from the Senate - said most of their work was finished.
They're putting more money into K-12 education than in the current year. About $27 million of that is for retirement and $23 million is divided among pre-kindergarten, early elementary reading and law officers in schools.
They're putting more money into mental health, prisons and universities.
All budget bills need approval of the full House and Senate. Fiscal year 2014 begins July 1.
On Friday, December 6 members of Homeowners Hurricane Insurance Initiative (HHII) met with members of the Alabama Legislature and Baldwin County officials to voice their concern over just released Clarity Law data.
Phones were ringing off the hook at a local travel agency, Monday, December 9, when FOX10 stopped by. Auburn fans began contacting Springdale Travel Saturday night for the Tigers next game, the BCS National Championship game.
Mobile County Commissioners held their annual luncheon meeting with the Mobile Legislative Delegation Monday.
In a move intended to persuade Creola residents not to annex into Saraland, the Satsuma City School board considers offering free tuition.
Students at Davidson High School are dedicating their annual Christmas Concert Monday, December 9 to their late band director Tony Pike.
Deldon McGhee and Tracey McGhee are charged with felony grand theft for allegedly turning unused books of Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets into cash in their pockets.