From the Wire
- President Trump Steps to Forefront of Anti-Abortion MovementHe once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights.
- Ever-Changing Grade System for Public Schools in Flux AgainMississippi's system for assigning A-to-F letter grades to public schools keeps changing, and it looks like the state may have to reset the scale again in 2018.
- New Trump Office Would Protect Conscience Rights of DoctorsReinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.
- Governors Ask Trump, Congress to Do More on Opioid CrisisLess than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which ...
- Trump Adds Confusion to Government Shutdown ConcernInjecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting Thursday that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.
- Three Republicans Now in Race for US House Seat in MississippiThree Republicans have now qualified to run for an open congressional seat in Mississippi.
- Mississippi Senate Votes to Reserve BP Spill Money for CoastThe Mississippi Senate is advancing a plan to reserve oil spill settlement money for use on projects along the Gulf Coast.
- Three Mississippi Insurers Broaden Coverage for Autism ServicesThree insurance companies in Mississippi have agreed to provide more extensive coverage of services for people with autism and other developmental disorders.
- Some Criticize Fast Track for Education Funding RevisionSome Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi's education funding formula.
- Victoria ViviansMississippi State's Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan scored a bunch of points and grabbed a bunch of rebounds, just like they do almost every game.
- Trump Defends Himself Anew Against Charges That He is RacistPresident Donald Trump is defending himself anew against accusations that he is racist, this time after recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.
- France vs. Fake News Offers Test Case for Democratic DilemmaCan a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns.
- Southern States Join to Promote Civil Rights TourismSouthern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.
- Lawmakers Could Shift Existing Money into New School FormulaThe $53 million needed to pay for the first year of a proposed new Mississippi public school funding formula could come from other money currently going to education.
- 'Mississippi Burning' KKK Leader Killen Dies in Prison at 92Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.