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Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

 

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

 

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

 

 

Senate derails Army bid to take National Guard helicopters

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

 

CVB pitches in $21K for sidewalk connector lights

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted to provide $21,136 for supplies that will be used to install ornamental lighting on the connecting sidewalk between the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Local church hopes to start food backpack program

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local church group is hoping to feed 40 elementary students who would otherwise go without meals on the weekends.

State football championships head to MSU, Ole Miss

Posted 7/22/2014 in Area

For the first time, the spotlight that comes with the Mississippi High School Activities Association's state championship football games will shine on the state's brightest stages.

Supervisors OK new nightclub ordinance

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors unanimously approved a new nightclub ordinance Monday that will require new bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Oktibbeha County to obtain yearly operating permits and follow minimum life-safety standards.

Oktibbeha supes sign off on Communiversity plan

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK secured the last local-level funding commitment for a proposed East Mississippi Community College workforce development center Monday as Oktibbeha County supervisors pledged $2.5 million across 15 years for the project.

 

Hearing set on Miss. welfare drug-testing law

Posted 7/22/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law.

 

 

Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

 

Rebels release train with bodies from downed Malaysian jet

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

 

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

 

Police probe other attacks after transients killed

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

 

Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools -- their health may also benefit, a study suggests.

 

 

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday as Israeli air strikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 585 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

 

 

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