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Rand Paul quits 2016 GOP presidential race

Posted 2/4/2016 in National

Self-styled Washington outsider Rand Paul dropped his struggling Republican campaign for president Wednesday and is returning to the Senate to run for re-election.



Wayne Farms plant in Laurel to lay off 500

Posted 2/4/2016 in Business

A Georgia-based poultry company says its Laurel plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June.



Business brief: Adair hired

Posted 2/4/2016 in Business



Business brief: Hollis Roofing awarded

Posted 2/4/2016 in Business



Building permits 2-4-16

Posted 2/4/2016 in Business


Council approves $46K for bridge repair

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved a $46,400 quote for an emergency repair to the North Lehmberg Road bridge during its Tuesday meeting.

Ward 5 candidates to speak at Saturday event

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The four candidates for the Ward 5 City Council seat have each been invited to speak Saturday at the Mississippi Derby Tea Social.


CMSD teacher connected to meth ring

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Federal authorities have taken a Columbus Middle School educator into custody after a grand jury indicted the teacher on charges of aiding a methamphetamine ring.


Catfish Alley celebrates five years with photo exhibit

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Around 45 pictures by nine photographers representing five years of Catfish Alley Magazine will be on display at the Columbus Arts Council in downtown Columbus this month.

Tagert: Time is now for road/bridge repairs

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Tagert likened the current condition of Mississippi's highway and bridges to a leaking roof during his visit Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center.


Supervisors ditch firm's subdivision regulations

Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday ditched a $4,000, 65-page subdivision regulation proposal prepared last year by the Oxford-based planning firm Slaughter and Associates.



Storms damage homes, EMCC housing

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

A tornado damaged homes and at least one church, and strong winds damaged buildings at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Tuesday.



The W to celebrate Black History Month with events

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A host of educational and inspirational events have been scheduled to celebrate Black History Month at Mississippi University for Women.



Hancock Fabrics seeks bankruptcy protection

Posted 2/3/2016 in Business

Fabric and sewing supply retailer Hancock Fabrics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking to reorganize for the second time in nine years.



Miss. Power: Another $142M in Kemper overruns

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $142 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.6 billion.



NAACP seeks removal of Miss. flag in 2 counties

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

The NAACP is asking two more Mississippi counties to stop flying the state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem, but the request is meeting resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some local residents who say it represents history.



Clinton wins Iowa, campaigns turn to New Hampshire

Posted 2/3/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican field as the presidential candidates packed up Tuesday and sped to New Hampshire.



Trump boosts turnout, but not all newcomers vote for him

Posted 2/3/2016 in National

Donald Trump's presence is drawing unprecedented attention to the Republican presidential contest. But after careful consideration, many new Iowa voters turned to his rivals instead.



Documents detail price hike decisions by Turing, Valeant

Posted 2/3/2016 in Business

Federal lawmakers have released excerpts from thousands of documents detailing how two drugmakers hiked prices to squeeze more money from some life-saving medicines, a practice that has sparked public outrage.



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