NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says the amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast last weekend is substantially higher than initial estimates. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says oil spewed out of an underwater fractured pipe Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Venice, Louisiana.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education released 2016-17 ratings on an A to F scale for the state's school districts and charter schools Thursday. The Corinth district did not receive a rating because it uses an alternate curriculum.
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Jerryl Briggs will be the next president of Mississippi's smallest university. College Board trustees voted in closed session Thursday to elevate Briggs, acting president at Mississippi Valley State University since June, to the post without a broad search. Trustee Shane Hooper of Tupelo, who led a search committee, says the board chose Briggs because he helped improve Valley's enrollment as chief operating officer. Some Valley supported Briggs' elevation without a search at a meeting last week.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the Legislature does not have an obligation to fully fund a school budget formula that was put into law two decades ago. The court ruled Thursday against 21 school districts that sued the state in August 2014, just after the start of the 2015 state budget year. They sought money to make up for shortfalls under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
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