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In his DNA: Shepherd plays key role in cold case arrest

Posted 5/27/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Austin Shepherd graduated from high school in 1997, his native city of Columbus was amid reeling from a string of violent murders that had already claimed two elderly victims.

Locals recognizing the history, purpose of Memorial Day

Posted 5/27/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Losing a best friend to the ravages of war is an experience Sgt. Douglas Cockrell Jr. wouldn't wish on his worst enemy.


MSU borrowing to build $9M parking garage

Posted 5/27/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University is planning a 500-space parking garage projected to cost $9 million.


Volunteers host local arts bazaar in Starkville Sunday

Posted 5/27/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An inaugural Sunday Funday takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Starkville's Cotton District.


Oktibbeha County's chancery candidates preparing for nonpartisan race

Posted 5/26/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's six chancery clerk candidates are now preparing for a nonpartisan race in November after election law changes effective July 1 will repeal statutes on party primaries ahead of special elections.


Ex-employee threatens shooting at Zaxby's

Posted 5/26/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police expect to soon arrest a disgruntled former employee of Zaxby's for calling in a threat of violence to the fast food restaurant Thursday night.

Gavin: Poor schools stunt city's growth

Posted 5/26/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin believes Columbus schools' poor performance is a major issue stunting the city's growth.

Hire Mississippi could help local contractors

Posted 5/26/2017 in Area

There are likely few state officials who spend more time on the road than Brandon Presley, the Northern District commissioner for the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Search on for missing Starkville man

Posted 5/26/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is looking for a Starkville man who has been out of contact with family for about two weeks.


Mississippi group will study lottery but not take a stand

Posted 5/26/2017 in State

A study group will gather facts about lotteries in other states but won't make a recommendation either for or against creating a game of chance in Mississippi, its leader says.



Alabama's governor signs protections for Confederate, other monuments

Posted 5/26/2017 in Area

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law sweeping protections for Confederate and other long-standing monuments, a move that comes as some Southern cities remove Confederate monuments from public grounds.



Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Posted 5/26/2017 in Area

An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early today for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting.



Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals court ruled that the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."



Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said.



CEO pay by the numbers: How big were last year's raises?

Posted 5/26/2017 in Business

The typical big-company CEO raked in $11.5 million last year in salary, stock and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press.



The highest-paid CEOs by state

Posted 5/26/2017 in Business

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2016, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.



Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges "the people and taxpayers of the United States."



Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

One in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home -- a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday.



Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.



Gov. Walker wants Wisconsin to drug test Medicaid applicants

Posted 5/26/2017 in National

Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require able-bodied, childless adults applying for Medicaid health benefits to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model.



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