From the Wire
- Mississippi Governor Orders Another Round of Budget CutsMississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is making the third round of spending cuts since the budget year started in July—the fifth round in the past 14 months.
- US to Expand Pool of People Targeted for DeportationThe Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.
- Chairman: Bill with Gas and Tobacco Taxes Won't Go to HouseA Mississippi House chairman says he is backing off a proposal that could have led to higher gasoline and cigarette taxes.
- GOP Leaders Renew Push to Block Lawsuit Over Election SpatMississippi House Republican leaders will appeal a court ruling in a dispute over an election that tied, went to a drawing of straws and was later flipped.
- Trump Weighs Mobilizing Nat Guard for Immigration RoundupsThe Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.
- Grenada, Baldwyn and Booneville Schools Win Innovation NodsThe Mississippi Board of Education is approving plans for more districts to establish innovative educational programs.
- GOP Lawmakers Grope for Consensus on Remaking Health LawLeading Republicans described some of their plans for remaking the nation's health care system to rank-and-file House members Thursday. Participants said conflict remained, and the details and timing of how the GOP will deliver on its long-promised replacement of President ...
- Lawmakers Plan Money to Fill Deficits, but Maybe Not EnoughMississippi lawmakers are pushing forward early drafts of budget bills that are likely to change before a final deadline.
- Puzder Withdraws Nomination to be Trump's Labor SecretaryPresident Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.
- School Funding Rewrite Won't Happen Under Budget DeadlineThe Mississippi House speaker says an effort to rewrite the school funding formula will not be limited by the regular budget deadlines.
- Teaira McCowanMississippi State's Teaira McCowan is 6-foot-7 with broad shoulders, plenty of athleticism and a surprisingly soft touch around the basket. She also, at times, has displayed quite a temper.
- Michael Flynn Resigns White House Post Over Contact With RussiaNational security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
- Canada's Trudeau Arrives in Washington to Meet with TrumpCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a polar opposite to Donald Trump in almost every way, joined the new U.S. president at the White House Monday keen to build a relationship that doesn't threaten trade.
- Justices: Utility Regulators Can't Set Rule on Water GroupsThe Mississippi Supreme Court says state utility regulators don't have the power to set a rule affecting rural water associations.
- Ann LamarGov. Phil Bryant is naming recently retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia to the College Board.