Mississippi Senate Releases K-12 Funding Bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. ...

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USA TODAY Representation at SXSW

Reporters from across USA TODAY’s editorial staff are set to speak at this year’s SXSW.              

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FCC probes why AT&T customers could not call 911

By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it will investigate a problem that prevented some AT&T wireless subscribers from making emergency calls late Wednesday. There were dozens of reports on social media websites about “911” calls failing to connect. “Every call to 911 must go through,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “I ...

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Illinois budget impasse increasingly hurts universities: Moody's

Illinois’ record-breaking budget impasse, which has led to sporadic funding for higher education, is increasingly pressuring the finances and competitiveness of state universities, Moody’s Investors Service said on Thursday. The credit rating agency said the lack of complete state funding has forced schools to take “considerable steps,” including cutting academic programs and raising tuition, in order to keep operating and ...

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After fleeing to U.S., some asylum-seekers run north to escape Trump crackdown

By Rod Nickel and Amran Abocar | WINNIPEG, Manitoba Somali-born Abdulrahman Mohamed was a social worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for three years. He had a U.S. work permit and earned a promotion while waiting for his asylum claim to be heard. He had an apartment and was sending $350 a month to family in a Kenyan refugee camp. ...

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