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Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments were wrong

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.



J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder.



Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impending departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.



Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.



Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.



Death of 7-year-old migrant on border raises questions

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing.



Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer leaned back in his seat and propped up his feet on the leather chair next to him as he listened to a colleagues farewell address this week. It was a casual vibe in the normally stuffy chamber and just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own members.


Christmas Co-op offers second wave of support to needy families

Posted 12/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lanisha Shields lost her job in early October. Shields had worked at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. She has three children, and as the holiday season approached, she worried about how she'd get them gifts for Christmas, with rent and utility bills still to pay.

Without a hitch: High schoolers build Rube Goldberg machines for annual competition

Posted 12/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past three weeks, Starkville High School junior James Fairley's ping pong table at home was covered with marble tracks, books, boxes and a remote-control airplane.

Vibrant Church's $14M expansion nearly complete

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Vibrant Church congregation will meet for the first time Sunday in its new, 1,500-person worship center.

City still accepting applications for planning commissioner

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission. Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.

IP awards $95K in grants to local schools, nonprofits

Posted 12/14/2018 in Area

2017 was a pretty good year for International Paper, which means 2018 was a good year for educational and nonprofit groups in the communities where the company operates in the U.S. and 24 other countries.


Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency

Posted 12/14/2018 in State

A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who says he wants to be executed is mentally competent to waive all his appeals.



Alabama AG taking over case of black man killed by police

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

The investigation of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer inside Alabama's largest shopping mall is now in the hands of the state attorney general, he announced Thursday.



Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to protect them from criminal prosecution in some instances of deadly force, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.



Paralyzed teen gets 5 years in shooting death of his friend

Posted 12/14/2018 in State

A paralyzed teenager in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in prison in the shooting death of another teen he described as his best friend.



Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership.



Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear -- but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.



Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Posted 12/14/2018 in National

In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.


CPD will go longer without an assistant chief

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department will go a little longer without an assistant chief after the background check of the latest preferred candidate disqualified him from consideration.


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