Rianna Gibbs Wilson
Never-ending and never-settled, the partisan debate over gun control rages again after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 Sunday night. Stephen Paddock, 64, was armed to a T and slaughtered concert-goers trapped in an enclosed area from his 32nd-floor casino suite before turning a weapon on himself when police closed in.
For as long as I’ve been in journalism, pundits have been predicting the demise of newspapers. Sure, over the decades I’ve been involved in the business a lot of things have changed, but the basic premise is still there. Our jobs are to provide accurate accounts of events, be a strong voice in the community and entertain our readers.
About 19 percent of Mississippi high school graduates did not pass one or more of the subject-area tests last year, according to data I received through a public records request.
Up until 2015, that would have meant they would not have been eligible to receive a diploma.