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MEMA awards $250K grant to storm clean-up nonprofit

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has awarded Community Recovery of Lowndes County a $250,000 grant to aid homeowners still repairing and rebuilding after a Feb. 23 tornado and subsequent flooding.

Aldermen OK hiring consultants for Cornerstone Park

Posted 7/17/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen approved hiring a pair of consultants as the city begins its plans for its new sports complex at Cornerstone Park and improvements at its current parks.

Three arrested in north Columbus for armed robbery

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an armed robbery in north Columbus earlier this month.


Second Mississippi candidate: No solo meeting with any woman not his wife

Posted 7/17/2019 in State

A second Republican man running for Mississippi governor said he won't meet alone with a woman who isn't his wife, even in a professional setting.



Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry's wet remnants

Posted 7/17/2019 in State

A suspected tornado struck a rural area of north Mississippi on Tuesday, damaging homes and knocking down trees and power lines as the wet remnants of Tropical Storm Barry rumbled through several states, officials said.



Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

Bill Brasch greeted President Donald Trump's latest tweet controversy with a shrug.



House vote condemns Trump's tweets, draws some GOP support

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my body."



Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.



NYC police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words -- "I can't breathe" -- became a national rallying cry against police brutality.



Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.



Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data.



In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges

Posted 7/17/2019 in National

No votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, but the winnowing has begun.


County officials weigh 'what' and 'when' issues for sports complex

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Planning for Lowndes County's Fiscal Year 2020 budget has already begun. How a new sports complex officials have promised to build west of Columbus fits into that remains unclear.

New firms have shot at holding hospital trust funds

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than five years, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is re-evaluating the investment firms that handle the county's hospital trust fund.

Steve Wallace becomes CVB board chair

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau trustee Steve Wallace has traded seats with Dewitt Hicks after board members unanimously voted Wallace board chairman Monday.

Oktibbeha does not qualify for HOME program

Posted 7/16/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In 1990, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development established the HOME program in an effort to assist those living in rural communities or small towns that might not otherwise have access to HUD assistance.


Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump's America

Posted 7/16/2019 in National

Even before President Donald Trump's racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad -- and said that Trump has been making them worse.



Trump renews racist criticism, says many agree with him

Posted 7/16/2019 in National

Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. "right now," cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped send him to the White House.



Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Posted 7/16/2019 in National

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups.



Health tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for 7-16-19

Posted 7/16/2019 in National



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