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Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

Posted 6/19/2017 in National

The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.



Japan investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

Posted 6/19/2017 in National

Japan's coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported.


Former librarian to head local literacy initiative

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former librarian Lindsey Beck will serve as the new coordinator for the Lowndes County Imagination Library, a local nonprofit which aims to improve early childhood literacy in the area.

Photos: MSU athletes visit Camp Rising Sun

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi State University football players Donald Gray Jr. and Gabe Myles sign a shirt for Bo Carter, 9, during Camp Rising Sun at Camp Pratt in Columbus on Friday.

Columbus summer job program to start Tuesday

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' summer job program will begin Tuesday, three weeks later than normal and after a mad scramble to put the program together.

A star-bound dad: Astronaut candidate has ties to Lowndes County

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cat Hines gets to feel pretty cool these days. That's because her father, Bob, is one of 12 people -- from an initial field of more than 18,300 -- to be named astronaut candidates for NASA's space program.

Walking so they don't have to

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When 11th graders Sunny Higgins and Alexis "Leki" Nelson were in sight of the end of their 166-mile journey walking from Greenville to Columbus, they burst into tears and hugged each other.

Billboard ordinance to be discussed Tuesday

Posted 6/17/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen will consider changes to the city ordinance regulating billboards on Tuesday, but at least one local billboard company manager says the proposal goes too far.


Miss. Dept of Education fires testing firm after exams wrongly scored

Posted 6/17/2017 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education is firing a testing company, saying scoring errors raise questions about the graduation status of nearly 1,000 students statewide.



Miss. pushes former students to finish college degrees

Posted 6/17/2017 in State

Mississippi officials will target as many as 158,000 students who have completed some college courses, but no degree, under a new program encouraging them to go back to school.



Miss. school plan seeks to double proficiency levels

Posted 6/17/2017 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Education wants 70 percent of all students to perform proficiently on standardized tests under a new plan to comply with federal education legislation.



Trump publicly acknowledges Russia probe includes him

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Friday that he is under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.



Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

Gerry Martin isn't sure he will ever tell a police officer during a traffic stop that he has a concealed-weapon permit -- and possibly a weapon -- on him.



Scalise doctor hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite risk

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

Congressman Steve Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery," his trauma surgeon said Friday, even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death after getting shot at a congressional baseball practice.



Republicans divided as Trump reverses some Obama Cuba policy

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's decision to reverse some Obama-era Cuba policies landed with a thud among many congressional Republicans who say the new approach surrenders a potentially lucrative market for American goods and services to competitors.



Tennessee 'hero' says Georgia fugitives surrendered to him

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

The man credited by law enforcement with holding two Georgia prison escapees at gunpoint until police arrived rejected the "hero" label on Friday, and said credit should go to forces well beyond his control.



Amazon-Whole Foods deal hammers grocery stores; Dow ticks up

Posted 6/17/2017 in Business

Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods sent grocery stores, big retailers, and food makers and distributors plunging Friday. Energy companies rose while other stocks were little changed.



Girlfriend whose texts urged suicide guilty of manslaughter

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

A woman who sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in a trial that raised questions about whether words can kill.



Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

Posted 6/17/2017 in National

Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that nevertheless helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian's image as "America's Dad."


Police arrest teen, identify one other suspect in May armed robbery

Posted 6/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teenager accused in an armed robbery in May has turned himself in to Columbus Police Department.


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