Around the South for Jul 1: MS, LA & KY

Mississippi: Websites for Thompson, et al, hacked. After staging a sit-in on the House floor last week to put pressure on Congress to vote on a gun control measure, US Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) and 18 other Democrats found their official websites had been hacked, presumably by gun-rights supporters, reports The Hill. Two other Southerners on the list were Texas US Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Filemon Vela ……. Louisiana: Edwards urges colleges to hold line on tuition. Noting that the state’s public colleges and universities were largely protected from the severe spending cuts made to help solve Louisiana’s budget crisis, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) urged education officials at a Board of Regents meeting Wednesday to make “zero or minimal” tuition increases this year. “We cannot continue to put more and more burden on students and families, which is what has happened with annual double-digit increases every year,” reported The Advocate ……. Kentucky: Bevin appoints university trustees. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) named ten Louisville business and professional leaders to the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville, adding to the three members already on the board. The new board includes four Democrats, four Republicans and two independents, as well as three African Americans and one Asian. The previous board, appointed by former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), was all Democratic and had no black members, reports …….