From the Wire
- US Judge Hears Arguments in Mississippi Redistricting CaseA federal judge heard arguments Wednesday about whether African-American voters in part of Mississippi have a chance to elect a candidate of their choice in a state Senate district with a slim black majority.
- Mississippi Bill Would Ping Companies That Boycott IsraelMississippi lawmakers could ban the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel. The state House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 761 , which would set the ban. The bill moves to the House for more work.
- Mississippi Won't Reinstate Law Allowing No-Judge SeizuresMississippi lawmakers won't allow police to resume seizing cash, guns and vehicles without going before a judge.
- Mississippi Lawmakers Reject Move to Let Farmers Grow HempMississippi lawmakers are turning back an attempt to legalize growing industrial hemp in the state.
- Proposal Would Make Mississippi Voter ID Law StricterA proposal would set a shorter deadline for Mississippi voters to show photo identification if they forget it on Election Day.
- Kenny GriffisA new justice has been sworn in to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland was surrounded by family Friday as he took his oath from the new chief justice, Michael Randolph of Hattiesburg.
- US Pulls Out of Cold War-Era Nuclear Treaty, Blaming RussiaThe United States announced Friday that it was pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of violating the Cold War-era pact with "impunity" by continuing to develop banned missiles.
- School Safety Bill Advances in Mississippi HouseA bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration.
- House Seeks Baby Criminal Justice Steps; Senate Seeks LeapLawmakers in Mississippi's House are proposing modest steps to ease penalties on some people accused or convicted of crimes, but some senators seek much broader changes.
- Kiese LaymonAuthor Kiese Laymon, whose memoir "Heavy" was one of last year's most acclaimed works, has won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
- New Mississippi Law Lets Electric Co-ops Offer InternetMississippi's 25 electric cooperatives now have legal authority to offer high-speed internet service.
- Mississippi Asks Judge to Throw Out Mental Health LawsuitMississippi officials are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging how the state runs its mental health system, but the U.S. Department of Justice, in papers filed last week, urges the judge to reject both of the ...
- Mississippi Agencies: Shutdown Could Spark Worker FurloughsMississippi's welfare and child protection agencies could have to begin furloughing state employees without pay because federal welfare money has been interrupted by the federal government shutdown.
- Terry BurtonRepublican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton was hospitalized after suffering a stroke Thursday and his family is requesting privacy, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement.
- Trump, Congress Leaders Reach Deal to End ShutdownYielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Friday reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continue over the president's demands for money to build his long-promised wall ...