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MSU Student Association slams religious freedom bill

Posted 4/27/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi State University Student Association passed a resolution Tuesday slamming the Legislature's recent passage of House Bill 1523 -- the religious freedom bill -- and urged local and state lawmakers to protect residents from discrimination.

Avery selected to lead Lowndes United Way

Posted 4/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Danny Avery is the new executive director for the United Way of Lowndes County.

Colom: Violent offenders are a priority

Posted 4/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Scott Colom spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday about his intention to prioritize prosecuting violent crime during his tenure as district attorney for Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Clay counties.

Arrests made in McDonald's robbery, Sportsplex burglary

Posted 4/27/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local law enforcement agents arrested an off-duty McDonald's employee accused of robbing the 817 Highway 12 restaurant at gunpoint last week.


Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central US

Posted 4/27/2016 in National

The nation's midsection prepared for another day of foul weather Wednesday after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.



Tornado outbreak, 5 years later: Piecing lives back together

Posted 4/27/2016 in Area

On April 27, 2011, a series of tornadoes killed hundreds of people, injured thousands and reduced countless buildings to rubble across a swath of the U.S.



Attorney: Miss. law could harm access to gay marriage

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

A new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge's order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry, says an attorney who helped overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.



Portland, Maine, bans travel to Miss., N.C.

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

Portland, Maine, is banning all non-essential travel of city employees to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.



Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

Posted 4/27/2016 in National

With five convincing victories in hand, Donald Trump strengthened his grip on the Republican primary race and pushed tantalizingly close to a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton.



Hastert awaits sentence in hush-money case

Posted 4/27/2016 in National

Dennis Hastert will step before a federal judge Wednesday to learn his sentence in a hush-money case centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students decades ago when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school.



Prosecutor: Paris attacks suspect moved to France

Posted 4/27/2016 in National

The French prosecutor's office said that key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was transferred to France Wednesday morning and was to go before investigating judges for eventual charges.



Valeant CEO will cite 'mistakes' in price-hiking strategy

Posted 4/27/2016 in Business

The outgoing CEO of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals will tell lawmakers Wednesday that he was "too aggressive" and made mistakes in drastically hiking prices for several critical medicines, according to testimony provided to The Associated Press.


Summer, longtime MUW professor and artist, dies at 92

Posted 4/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eugenia Summer, an artist and former Mississippi University for Women professor who spent nearly four decades inspiring students with her wisdom and work while never losing her peculiar brand of humor and charm, died this weekend.

F-22s stop in Columbus

Posted 4/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a few days, Columbus was home to some of the most advanced fighter jets in the world.

Job fair to be held Thursday at EMCC

Posted 4/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Job-seekers are polishing their resumes as they prepare to meet a regional gathering of potential employers Thursday at the annual East Mississippi Job Fair.

Pentagon targets air base surplus

Posted 4/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings.

Alabama man charged with Sports Center burglary

Posted 4/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department has charged an Alabama man with commercial burglary following a break in at Sports Center.

Holloway: Tax-neutral bond could be unveiled this summer

Posted 4/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With a legislative promise for school construction funds in tow, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District administrators and trustees are now expected to begin discussions on moving forward with a local bond that will help build a grades 6-7 campus for all Oktibbeha County schoolchildren.


The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown April 26, 2016

Posted 4/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Religious leaders object to religious objections law

Posted 4/26/2016 in State

Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi's new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles.



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