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GOP ready to attack Obama health law as HHS chief testifies

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is ready to defend President Barack Obama's health care law before congressional Republicans who consider it a failure and who hope the Supreme Court will void one of its cornerstones -- federal subsidies that help millions afford coverage.


Supreme Court ruling against gay marriage could cause legal 'chaos'

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks.


Murder charge for woman who took abortion pill questioned

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

Even opponents of abortion say it may be hard for Georgia authorities to follow through with prosecuting a woman who was charged with murder because she took a pill to terminate her pregnancy.



Officer recorded in pool party incident resigns

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

A white police officer in suburban Dallas has resigned after he was recorded on video pushing a black teenage girl to the ground outside a pool party and brandishing his gun at other teens.


Group seeks charges against Cleveland cops in boy's shooting

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

A group of activists, clergy and attorneys frustrated by how long it's taken to investigate the death of a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun when shot by a white police officer asked a judge Tuesday to rule that there's enough evidence to charge the officer and his partner with crimes.


Hastert enters not guilty plea during first court appearance

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated banking rules and lied to the FBI about promising to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher.


Sweep in small town for two escaped killers comes up empty

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

Reports of two men walking along a road brought hundreds of law enforcement officers to a small town in the Adirondack foothills for a sweep that seemingly turned up no signs of two killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison.

South African veterinarians intervene to save Hope the rhino

Posted 6/10/2015 in National

The horns and a large section of the rhino's face were hacked off by poachers, a horrific injury that exposed flesh and bone.

School board debates pay additions for coaches, teachers

Posted 6/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve 58 supplements for teachers who coach or sponsor extracurricular activities, but the board argued over them for nearly an hour.

Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference

Posted 6/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to town.

CREATE executive: 'We have a massive problem on our hands'

For the past 10 years, Lewis Whitfield has been an executive with CREATE, the Tupelo-based community foundation that has grown to serve 17 counties in northeast Mississippi since it was founded in 1972.

Social media post leads to Starkville arrests

A video of a fight posted on social media led to the arrests of four adults, Starkville Police Department announced Monday.

Republican candidates hold forum

Starkville attorney Rob Roberson recalls a time when support for the Oktibbeha County Republican Party amounted to a half-dozen residents in a room listening to one, maybe two candidates.

Bjork to guest at Thursday's Ole Miss Club event

Posted 6/9/2015 in Area

The Golden Triangle Ole Miss Club will hold its annual meeting Thursday at The Ritz Theater and Conference Center in West Point.

Man pleads guilty to conspiracy for taping Cochran's wife

Posted 6/9/2015 in State

A man accused of videotaping the ill wife of a U.S. senator during a heated election campaign has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

BankFirst merging with Newton Co. Bank

Posted 6/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

BankFirst is getting bigger.


Bribery sentencing delayed indefinitely for Epps, McCrory

Posted 6/9/2015 in State

Sentencings for former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory have been delayed.



Mississippi youth to compete at Horse Park

More than 120 children and teenagers from northeast Mississippi will compete in the Northeast District 4-H Horse Show at the Mississippi Horse Park from Wednesday to Saturday.


Protests follow video of officer drawing gun on black teens

Posted 6/9/2015 in National

Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend.


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