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GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it?



Miss. lawmakers push early proposals for state budget

Posted 2/17/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward early drafts of budget bills that are likely to change before a final deadline.



Toyota donates $750K to 2 Miss. history museums

Posted 2/17/2017 in State

A car manufacturer that assembles vehicles in Mississippi is the latest corporate donor to the state's two history museums.



FBI: White supremacist talked of Dylann Roof-type attack

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

A white supremacist with felony convictions in South Carolina bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an attack in "the spirit of Dylann Roof," authorities said Thursday.



Watchdog: US has no way to measure border wall effectiveness

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The United States does not have a way to measure how well fencing works to deter illegal crossings from Mexico, according to a report released Thursday by Congress' main watchdog as President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to build "a great wall" on the border.



A broader Israel-Arab deal -- rare opportunity or diversion?

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have pledged to seize what they believe is an opportunity for an ambitious Israeli-Arab peace deal.



Trump's pick for Israel envoy goes on damage control

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The combative attorney President Donald Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel sought to repair the damage from past attacks on political opponents, telling Congress he deeply regretted using inflammatory language and promised to be "respectful and measured" should he be confirmed.



Man pleads guilty to buying rifles in San Bernardino attack

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

A California man who bought high-powered rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty on Thursday as the father of one of the victims angrily denounced the plea deal as a "slap on the wrist."



Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.


Police search for alleged wallet, car thief

Posted 2/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City authorities have asked for the public's help identifying a man accused of stealing a wallet, fraudulently using a credit card from it and taking a vehicle from Wholesale Auto.

Republican Neal enters Ward 5's alderman race

Posted 2/16/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

June's General Election will now decide who will represent Ward 5 in Starkville.

Ricky Ball Shooting: Paternity, heirship questioned in suits against Boykin

Posted 2/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An attorney defending former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin in a federal wrongful death lawsuit is questioning whether the plaintiff is actually the father of the deceased.

New rent-to-own development in Northaven Woods sparks hope, concern

Posted 2/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Rhonda King, added security is one of her favorite things about her new home.

The Sherman Business Report: Bargain Hunt coming to Columbus

Posted 2/16/2017 in Business

The former Southern Family Market location on Highway 45 next to K-Mart will soon have a new occupant.

Man accused of posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriend on social media

Posted 2/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested last week after posting inappropriate pictures of his ex-girlfriend online without her consent.

Accused Noxubee jailer still employed

Posted 2/16/2017 in Area

A woman employed as a jailer at the Noxubee County Jail is still at work days after being arrested in Columbus for misdemeanor shoplifting.

Higgins: Columbus development outlook bleak compared to county

Posted 2/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Industrial development prospects for the city of Columbus are likely to be few, and while the outlook is more promising in Lowndes County, even those prospects may diminish unless the state adopts a new strategy, Joe Max Higgins said Wednesday.


Business brief: Camgian expands team

Posted 2/16/2017 in Business



Miss. companies going on trade mission to Middle East

Posted 2/16/2017 in State

At least 15 Mississippi companies are heading to the Middle East next month in the hopes of establishing new partnerships.



Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.



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