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Fake IRS agents target more than 366k in scam

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.



'Violent sleepwalking' defense works for boy's strangler

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

The "violent sleepwalking" defense worked for a man who strangled his 4-year-old and tried to kill his other two children.



IS group accepts Boko Haram pledge of allegiance

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, according to a spokesman for the Islamic State movement.



Univision host fired for Michelle Obama comment

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of "Planet of the Apes."


Arrested man hides weed in police car

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police arrested 34-year-old Demetric Hall on Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Man arrested in beating, robbery

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after he allegedly robbed a 64-year-old woman outside of a local business.


Lowndes unemployment rate above 9 percent

Posted 3/12/2015 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released its monthly labor report Wednesday, but unlike previous months, the most recent unemployment statistics do not include comparisons to the previous month or year statistics.


Fed official to Kiwanis: Economic outlook good

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Martha Perine Beard went out on a high note Wednesday.


Sanitation equipment issues plague Starkville

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Frequent sanitation equipment failures could force Starkville aldermen to once again broach a residential rate increase after the board failed to raise monthly charges by $1.50 on Feb. 17.



Wet, cool weather hampering pothole patching

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The year's wet weather and cooler temperatures have not only caused numerous potholes to form in Starkville's roads, but also prevented city workers from acquiring the materials needed to fix the infrastructure issues.


Volunteer coordinator director retiring

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leslie Peel will retire as the director of Volunteer Columbus on Apr. 15.

Man arrested on child endangerment, drug counts

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 911 hang-up call on Wednesday led to a Lumberton man being booked in Oktibbeha County Jail.

Browning on Business: Country store opens in Caledonia

Posted 3/12/2015 in Business

Last week, Cal-City opened in Caledonia.


Miss. special-needs voucher bill inches forward

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

A proposal to create state-funded vouchers for a small fraction of special education students is moving forward in the Mississippi Legislature.



Man says he didn't mean to drown Clarksdale candidate

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

Jurors will have to decide whether they believe Lawrence Reed acted with premeditation when he killed Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013.


2 officers shot at protest outside Ferguson police station

Posted 3/12/2015 in National

Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, authorities said, as demonstrators gathered after the resignation of the city's police chief in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court.

Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

Posted 3/12/2015 in National

The photo that became an Internet meme -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing sunglasses, staring at her BlackBerry -- troubles Republicans on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, for what they say is an incomprehensible omission.


Fraternity in racist video has roots in antebellum South

Posted 3/12/2015 in National

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was born a few years before the Civil War in the antebellum South, the creation of a small group that set out to forge bonds among young men that would "hold them together for all time."



Mississippi considers mandate on cancer drug costs

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

Health insurers would be banned from making patients pay higher out-of-pocket costs for oral medication taken at home than for chemotherapy received in a health care facility, under a bill moving through the Mississippi Legislature.



Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'

Posted 3/12/2015 in Business

Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.



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