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Takata agrees to guilty plea, will pay $1B for hiding defect

Posted 1/14/2017 in Business

Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators.



Early win on budget pressures Republicans to deliver on health care

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law.



Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year.



CPD opens investigation into alleged Jack's incident

Posted 1/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department has officially opened a criminal investigation into the alleged serving of contaminated food at Jack's restaurant on Highway 45.


CMSD trustee to seek second term

Posted 1/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees member Jason Spears has confirmed his intent to seek a second five-year term.

Thriving neighborhood watches becoming more effective

Posted 1/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shortly after a streak of well-publicized crimes hit the downtown area in late 2015, Columbus south side residents Julie Parker and Qua Austin organized a neighborhood watch.


Waverley mansion vandalized over the weekend

Posted 1/13/2017 in Area

Saturday night marked the second time the historic Waverley mansion has been vandalized in the past few months.


Legislators respond to mandatory flag-flying bill

Posted 1/13/2017 in Area

If one state senator has his way, Mississippi's colleges will fly the state flag or their presidents will pay.


CPD seeks suspects in armed robbery, shot into dwelling cases

Posted 1/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking suspects in two Thursday night incidents that occurred about 90 minutes apart.



2 more qualify for Oktibbeha chancery clerk election

Posted 1/13/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The field of candidates for Oktibbeha County's special chancery court election expanded to six this week after a new Democrat and Republican joined the race.



Governor sets $51 million more in Mississippi budget cuts

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday ordered another $51 million in cuts from Mississippi's $6.4 billion budget, as state revenues continue to lag.



Bond reduced for man charged in 'Vote Trump' church burning

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

An African-American man charged in burning of a black church that was also spray-painted with "Vote Trump" has been falsely accused, his attorney said Thursday.



Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers.



GOP leaders look to early health care bill, details vague

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

Under mounting pressure from Donald Trump and rank-and-file Republicans, congressional leaders are talking increasingly about chiseling an early bill that dismantles President Barack Obama's health care law and begins to supplant it with their own vision of how the nation's $3 trillion-a-year medical system should work.



Week 1: Dems find Trump's picks more reasonable than Trump

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks may reflect a belief by minority Democrats that the people chosen are more reasonable than Trump.



Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.



Secret police file: Trump sure of presidential win -- in 1996

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

Nearly 30 years ago, Donald Trump was confident he would win the U.S. presidential election -- as an independent in 1996, according to recently uncovered files from Czechoslovakia's Communist-era secret police.



Up next for Dylann Roof: Second trial, long death row wait

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

Dylann Roof's death sentence this week for killing nine black church members ends one chapter in his case, but it's far from over.



Obama ends visa-free path for Cubans who make it to US

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.



Judge denies bail for indicted Volkswagen executive

Posted 1/13/2017 in Business

A Volkswagen AG executive indicted in the company's U.S. emissions scandal who was arrested in Miami while on vacation was denied release on bail Thursday by a judge who found it was too likely he would flee home to Germany.



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