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Deer disease: No Christmas reindeer imports to Alabama

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

Live stand-ins for Santa's reindeer won't be allowed to come into Alabama this year, as part of the state's precautions against a deadly deer disease.



Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

At 79 years old, Art McManus says he's still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan.



Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all.



2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump.



Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.



AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions.



Hot weather is intensifying hold on much of East, Central US

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order power-saving steps to avoid overtaxing the electrical grid.



Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release

Posted 7/20/2019 in National

A Florida sheriff launched an investigation Friday into whether his department properly monitored the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls.


Historic preservation taken out of this world: Oxford couple founds 'For All Moonkind' to push for protection of moon landing sites, human objects in space

Posted 7/19/2019 in State

Fifty years ago tomorrow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever walk on the moon. They left behind ample evidence of their more than 21-hour visit, including boot prints, medals of Soviet cosmonauts who died before the Apollo 11 mission and a small plaque inscribed with messages of peace from world leaders. That evidence is still there.

Having a blast: Columbus native lands chef job at Space and Rocket Center; Starkville children look to the stars

Posted 7/19/2019 in Area

Normally, Clementine Stallworth DeRoode's day as executive chef at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, starts at 7 a.m. This week, with daily events in celebration of Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, as well as regular museum operations and summer camps, she's been getting to the kitchen at 4 a.m. and going home around 9 p.m.

Inter-related developments in limbo after aldermen fail to pass resolution

Posted 7/19/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A two-hour executive session ended Thursday without an agreement on a pair of inter-related projects, leaving developers frustrated and the Starkville mayor insisting the projects are still on the table.


Judge suspended after wrongly trying to help acquaintances

Posted 7/19/2019 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has suspended a judge for 30 days without pay after a professional group found he violated standards of conduct by improperly helping one person charged with prostitution and trying to help another charged with marijuana possession.


Eminent domain action begins for 12 lots in Burns Bottom

Posted 7/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After four years of unsuccessful negotiations with property owners, the Columbus Redevelopment Authority has moved to begin eminent domain action to mandate the sale of 12 properties in the Burns Bottom Redevelopment District.

Preliminary report released on fatal plane crash

Posted 7/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary investigative report on the plane crash that took the life of a Starkville student pilot in Oxford.

'Back to the old traditions': EMCC adds barbering program at Mayhew campus

Posted 7/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When David Long owned his own salon, he was constantly frustrated by the training -- or lack thereof -- of hairdressers he had working for him.

Questions linger on new stormwater rules

Posted 7/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When the public hearing on a proposed change to the city of Starkville's stormwater ordinance ended Tuesday without a single dissenting speaker, it appeared to be clear sailing for the plans which called for new developments to provide stormwater mitigation to withstand a 100-year storm event.

Business Moves with Mary: Southern Snow Shack opens

Posted 7/18/2019 in Business

Ideally, Ashley Beard would love to see families playing cornhole on a shady afternoon before ordering a snowcone from her counter.

DueTT bringing 'cool clippers' to market

Posted 7/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The business Tyler Anthony and Thomas White began as college students sprang from a problem White kept encountering in one of his hobbies. For about two years, White -- then an agricultural engineering major at Mississippi State University -- was cutting his friends' and relatives' hair, even posting instructional videos from his work on YouTube.


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