From the Wire
- Mississippi Toughening Up Narcotics Overdose InvestigationsThe Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics announced this week that officials will now respond to the scene of every suspected overdose in the state in order to assist coroners and medical examiners in reporting deaths by opioid overdose.
- Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign TiesSpecial counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users ...
- House Kills Bill That Would Have Let Schools Arm TeachersMississippi lawmakers won't pass a plan this year explicitly allowing schools and colleges to let teachers or staff members carry guns after having firearms training.
- Troopers to Patrol at Florida School Where Massacre HappenedAlready heightened security was being bolstered Thursday at the Florida high school that became the scene of a massacre last month, with Gov. Rick Scott ordering eight highway patrol troopers to help secure the grounds.
- Louisiana Governor Says He Would Sign 15-Week Abortion BanLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that he likely would sign a proposal banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, if his state's lawmakers pass it.
- Auditor Says Failed Solar Plant Owes Mississippi $93 MillionMississippi's state auditor is formally demanding that a failed solar panel maker pay nearly $93 million that he says is owed to state and local governments, a prelude to a possible lawsuit.
- Austin Bombing Suspect Blows Himself Up as SWAT Moves InThe suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.
- Cindy Hyde-SmithThe state's governor will appoint Mississippi's first female member of Congress to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
- Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi's 15-Week Abortion BanA federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation—the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.
- Supreme Court Takes Up Challenge by Crisis Pregnancy CentersThe Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free speech fight over California's attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
- Mississippi Imposes 15-Week Abortion Ban; Nation's ToughestMississippi's governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks' gestations, the tightest restrictions in the nation.
- Trump Calls for Death Penalty to 'Get Tough' on Drug PushersPresident Donald Trump called Monday for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including embracing a tactic employed by some of the global strongmen he admires: the death penalty.
- Facebook Data Whistleblower: 'Fake News to the Next Level'A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that "took fake news to the next level," a former employee said.
- Kermit DavisKermit Davis turned Middle Tennessee into one of the best mid-major programs in the country during his 16 seasons at the school. Mississippi believes he can have the same kind of success in the Southeastern Conference.
- Analysis: Foster Care Agency Seeks Money to Meet MandatesMississippi legislators are approaching the final phase of patching holes in the current year's state budget and writing a $6 billion spending plan for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1.