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Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums -- before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature.



Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year.



House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.



Ex-Oregon football star stops armed student at Oregon school

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured.



Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday.



Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation.



China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.



Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies -- lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.



Missouri's GOP-led Legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.


Airport board: Columbus-Lowndes airport improving under new operator

Posted 5/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Zero is not usually a good number. But to Jared Rabren, it's a measure of relief when it comes to the Columbus-Lowndes Airport.

Caledonia opens doors for contractors to bid on soccer lighting plan

Posted 5/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia mayor and aldermen discussed and debated plans to provide lighting for the town's soccer fields at Ola J. Pickett Park for more than two hours in two separate meetings without adopting a plan.

Starkville's Leslie Fye named Mississippi Parent of the Year

Posted 5/17/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During football season, Leslie Fye is the loudest parent in the stands. Her children aren't on the field and they're not in the band. But to Fye, every child at Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District needs to hear their name called from the bleachers.

Fred's Starkville location closing

Posted 5/17/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fred's in Starkville will close its doors this summer amid a second round of more than 100 store closures across the Southeast.

Arrest report for 5-17-19

Posted 5/17/2019 in Area


Ole Miss professor slammed over political tweet gets tenure

Posted 5/17/2019 in State

A University of Mississippi sociology professor criticized for encouraging "acts of aggression" against Republican politicians was granted tenure by a divided College Board on Thursday.



Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year.



How 'lunch shaming' is facing scrutiny around the US

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Denying children a hot meal apparently isn't a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money.



New Orleans council backs strong short-term rental limits

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in residential areas of tourism-dependent New Orleans won unanimous backing Thursday from the City Council.



Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls new abortion ban 'shameful'

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones condemned Alabama's new abortion ban as "extreme" and "irresponsible" Thursday, a day after the state's Republican governor signed the most restrictive abortion measure in the country into law.



Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Alabama's Republican governor has signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.



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