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Attempted kidnapping suspect back in custody after manhunt

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An attempted kidnapping suspect is in jail for the third time in a week after local law enforcement found him after a Friday afternoon manhunt.

Investigators trying to ID owner of gun found at Columbus Middle School

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement is investigating an incident at Columbus Middle School earlier this month in which a male student found a handgun in his belongings on campus.

Hickman fired as CMSD superintendent

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman is out of a job.

Two men vying for CMSD board vacancy

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local pastor Willie Petty Sr. hopes his third try to get on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees proves the charm.

High utility bills driven by recent cold weather

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charlie Box didn't expect what he found in his last utility bill. But Columbus Light and Water officials did.


West Point juvenile arrested after alleged threat against school

Posted yesterday in Area

A juvenile is in custody in West Point following a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he may have been planning to attack West Point High School.


Partnership CEO: Aldermen should reconsider parade

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Partnership on Thursday issued a statement of support for an LGBT Pride parade that Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 to deny on Tuesday.

Pride parade reconsideration prospects grim

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As the fallout continues from the Starkville Board of Aldermen's Tuesday vote to deny a request for a local LGBT group to hold a parade, three alderman have said they would be willing to consider putting the item to a second vote.

Need increases for training to help first responders deal with trauma

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

John Almond knows of a police officer who, on his first day of work, was the first to respond to the scene of an 11-year-old who was accidentally shot.

Local man arrested for fourth domestic violence charge

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man faces a domestic violence charge after Columbus Police Department officers responded to a call at Baptist Memorial Hospital earlier this month.


Shooting survivors endure new assault -- from online trolls

Posted yesterday in National

One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars."



NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting Florida shooting

Posted yesterday in National

Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety.



Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

Posted yesterday in National

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence.



Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

Posted yesterday in National

The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter.



US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

Posted yesterday in National

In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham's death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence.



Billy Graham will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda

Posted yesterday in National

The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.



AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

Posted yesterday in National

The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.



Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt's travel records

Posted 2/22/2018 in National

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.



Opioids dangers force police to abandon drug field tests

Posted 2/22/2018 in National

Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain color, it's supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics.



Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Posted 2/22/2018 in National

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.



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