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Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million in US

Posted 5/20/2015 in Business

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.



House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House.


Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests.


House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday.



Amid criticism, Clinton sticks to low-key campaign strategy

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

During two days of campaigning this week in Iowa, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't make a formal speech.


Deputies arrest naked man charging traffic near MSU

Posted 5/19/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 24-year-old Lexington man was charged with disorderly conduct Friday after he allegedly stripped naked and charged at oncoming traffic on Blackjack Road.

Historic Commission may come up short

Posted 5/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider filling Historic Preservation Commission vacancies during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. today in the Municipal Complex.

Area softball legend dies

Posted 5/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teacher and coach who led the New Hope High School softball program to numerous state titles and molded the lives of hundreds of girls has died. Cary Shepherd was 71.


Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday.


Traction building for county subdivision regulations

Posted 5/19/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors agreed Monday to invite Mike Slaughter, of the Oxford-based urban planning firm Slaughter and Associates, back to the Oktibbeha County board table for discussions on developing and implementing subdivision rules.

Phelps named emergency management director

Posted 5/19/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Shank Phelps, who serves as an elected constable and sheriff's deputy, can add another job to his ever-growing resume: emergency management director.


Community blood drive is Friday

Posted 5/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

United Blood Services and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle will host a blood drive at the hospital's Outpatient Pavilion in the Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.



Florida pot advocate pulls support for Miss initiative

Posted 5/19/2015 in State

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana says a threat prompted him to withdraw his offer to pay supporters of Mississippi's petition drive to gather signatures on petitions for a statewide election.



Fall of Ramadi raises doubts about US strategy in Iraq

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The Islamic State group's capture of Ramadi, a key provincial capital in western Iraq, calls into question the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq.



Feds propose multi-pronged plan to bolster decline in bees

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.


B.B. King viewing set for Las Vegas ahead of Mississippi funeral

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being made for services in his hometown next week, King's business manager said Monday.


Jackson police say victim of robbery kills suspect

Posted 5/19/2015 in State

Police say a man who was the victim of a robbery has shot and killed one of the robbers.



State Dept. plans release of Clinton emails by next January

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January.



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