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  Mississippi primary election laws: What you need to know

Mississippi's primary elections are just a few weeks away, and we're breaking down what you need to know about the state's election laws.

Judge: New Orleans can’t take down Trump quotes mural

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

  AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

Attorney Generals across the country file motion to unseal generic drug price fixing complaint

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

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Two charged in Canton voter fraud case enter Pre-Trial Diversion Program

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

  Mississippi Hospital Association proposes $20 per month insurance plan

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

State Auditor report reveals outside-the-classroom spending up, despite fewer teachers and students

The State Auditor is calling attention to the way your taxpayer dollars are being spent in Mississippi schools. It turns out that less than 60 percent of the total K-12 spending ends up going into the classrooms.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

  DECISION 2019: Lt. Governor candidates weigh in on teacher pay issue

MDOC Commissioner among leaders supporting cellphone jamming legislation

  Michael Guest becomes first freshman Republican to pass a Bill in the 116th Congress

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

  Debate over what is considered milk and how to label it heats up

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

  Status hearing held for three of the 9 people charged in Canton’s ongoing voter fraud case

A status hearing was held Monday morning for four of the nine individuals facing charges in Canton’s ongoing voter fraud scandal.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senate Bill 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.

  More Democratic presidential candidates expected to campaign in Mississippi

Elizabeth Warren's town hall may be the first of many presidential hopeful visits to Mississippi.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren set to hold town hall at Jackson State

The events will be open to the public, and tickets can be reserved online.

Mississippi gov called ‘despicable’ for ignoring black rep

Rep. Karen Bass of California told reporters Friday that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was petty to ignore Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to hold presidential town hall at Jackson State University

A CNN-televised presidential town hall will be held in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at Jackson State featuring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 8 p.m. Monday, March 18.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Courtney Rainey, who was indicted for voter fraud, running for a Justice Court seat in Canton

The Canton School Board member and Director of Human and Cultural Needs for the city is running for a seat on the bench. Courtney Rainey was indicted on multiple counts of voter fraud in December and was served with additional indictments in February. She is now running for Justice Court Judge.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

Investigation ongoing after nooses found at State Capitol

In an email from the department of public safety they say the investigation is still ongoing.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  In an exclusive interview, Mayor Lumumba addresses the ongoing issues with Jackson’s water bills and meters

Many may think “How could it get any worse?” According to Lumumba, it could if the ongoing problems are not solved.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

Rankin County Judge John Shirley resigns to run for prosecutor

The Board of Supervisors accepted his resignation Monday morning.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

DECISION 2019: Qualifying list of candidates for statewide elections released

March first was the deadline to qualify to run for state races in Mississippi.

Republican Andy Taggart announces run for MS Attorney General

In a tweet he confirms that he has put in a qualifying bid for the August GOP primary. He says a public announcement is forthcoming.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Why you could see a smaller tax refund in 2019

You may have had big plans for your Tax Refunds, but then quickly realized you are receiving much less money than previous years.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

  Women’s groups return to Capitol petitioning for equal pay

The equal pay fight continued at the State Capitol Tuesday, where supporters saw an uphill battle.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Petition to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi gaining thousands of signatures

In the Magnolia State, there’s a petition circulating to put medical marijuana to a vote in 2020.

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority holds annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority talk with state senators and representatives about community issues on Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.