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Zuckerberg: Regulation 'inevitable' for social media firms

Posted 4/12/2018 in National

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that regulation of social media companies is "inevitable" and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders.



$30K rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip

Posted 4/12/2018 in National

Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she'd had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid's parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul's New York City buildings.


Restaurant tax: Conflicting ideas fuel efforts to revive restaurant tax

Posted 4/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several issues still need addressing if the city or county hope to see a 2-percent restaurant sales tax restored after it expires June 30.

Teacher retention, community engagement priorities for incoming superintendent

Posted 4/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Stakeholders who gave their input on the search for Columbus Municipal School District's next superintendent say the board should choose someone who can improve staff morale, retain teachers, improve the district's flagging image and engage more with the entire community.

Thunderbirds cancel Columbus appearance after pilot's death

Posted 4/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Air Force Thunderbirds will not appear at Wings Over Columbus later this month.

Witness: Challenged ballots should be counted

Posted 4/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An expert witness Johnny Moore's attorney called on to testify during Tuesday's court proceedings said he'd count seven affidavit and absentee ballots that were rejected during last year's mayoral primary runoff election.


Report: 20,000 parents to lose Medicaid in work proposal

Posted 4/11/2018 in State

An estimated 20,000 poor parents in Mississippi will lose health coverage over five years under a proposal requiring Medicaid recipients work for their benefits, researchers at Georgetown University reported.



FBI raids cast spotlight on Michael Cohen, Trump's fixer

Posted 4/11/2018 in National

For more than a decade, Michael Cohen has been President Donald Trump's private attorney -- and so much more.



AP sources: US, France and UK discuss gas attack response

Posted 4/11/2018 in National

Trump administration officials have consulted with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack, as President Donald Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.



WWII historian gets prison time for stealing dog tags

Posted 4/11/2018 in National

A French historian who was a recognized expert on the D-Day invasion was sentenced to 364 days in prison for stealing dog tags and numerous other relics of U.S. servicemen whose planes crashed during World War II, officials said Tuesday.



CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

Posted 4/11/2018 in National

Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election.


'Electronics bundled with love': MSU professor, New Hope Elementary students design robotic animals to help with therapy

Posted 4/10/2018 in Area

Mississippi State University Associate Professor Cindy Bethel and New Hope Elementary teacher Jennifer Caldwell hope to soon set up a play date for two robots.

CMSD draws 21 applicants for superintendent

Posted 4/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District received 21 applications for superintendent, the district's board of trustees reported during its regular meeting Monday.

Moore's team questions affidavit, absentee ballots

Posted 4/10/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The substance of Johnny Moore's challenge of last year's Starkville mayoral runoff election began to take shape on Monday as the trial began in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.

Southaven's story: A year without a restaurant tax

Posted 4/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barring some sort of miracle in a yet-to-be-called special session of the Mississippi Legislature, Lowndes County will lose its 2-percent restaurant sales tax and, with it, quite possibly the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau that relies almost exclusively on those funds.


Pedestrian killed on Highway 82

Posted 4/10/2018 in Area

A Columbus woman died Sunday after being hit by a car on Highway 82 in Oktibbeha County.



Jolly Road closed Wednesday for culvert replacement

Posted 4/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jolly Road will be closed to through traffic Wednesday morning.



Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as 1st female Mississippi senator

Posted 4/10/2018 in State

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith made history Monday when she was sworn in as the first woman to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate, a milestone that strategists hope will propel the former agricultural commissioner and early President Donald Trump supporter when she faces a tough election in fall.



Clinic widens challenge of Mississippi abortion restrictions

Posted 4/10/2018 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is expanding its challenge of a state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.



Trump blasts Mueller probe as 'attack on our country'

Posted 4/10/2018 in National

The special counsel's Russia investigation is not only a political witch hunt but "an attack on our country," President Donald Trump complained Monday, exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney.



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