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Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300K over a decade

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.



Groups call for Hindu, vegan displays at Arkansas Capitol

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The Arkansas Capitol lawn could soon get crowded: Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, fallen firefighters and the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School might be joined shortly by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.



Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.



Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.



Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.



Bill Cosby's public moralizing was his undoing

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

For decades, Bill Cosby cast himself as America's dad and then as America's granddad, a moralist with tough talk for young people about acting responsibly. It was that image that proved to be his undoing.


Columbus pets took Fourth of July well -- this year

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

See Dick light the firecracker. See Jane light the bottle rocket. Bang, goes the firecracker! Whooosh, goes the rocket! See Spot run!

Lowndes Co. supes restructure USDA loan

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Monday approved a proposal to restructure a $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan that will save the county approximately $2 million over the life of the loan.

Luke Bryan concert coming to Lowndes Co.

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Country singer Luke Bryan will perform in Lowndes County this fall as part of his 2015 farm tour.

Photo: Field of gold

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Perry Brown walks through a field full of sunflowers Monday afternoon behind his business, Progressive Home Builders, located along Highway 12 East in Steens.


Supes studying draft of subdivision rules

Oktibbeha County supervisors are hashing through a 65-page proposal that, if enacted, will establish development processes and minimum standards for subdivisions outside of incorporated cities.


Miss. flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

Posted 7/7/2015 in State

The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol.


Crude oil tumbles 8 pct., points to low gas prices this fall

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.



As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Worried about "Republican-on-Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether.



Congress heads back to work with looming funding deadline

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Members of Congress return today from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.



New Orleans: Officer arrested for obstruction of justice

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

New Orleans police have arrested one of their own for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.



South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle.



Parks report not expected until early Aug.

The Starkville Parks Advisory Board is unlikely to deliver its report of recommendations for the citywide system, members confirmed Thursday, after numerous issues prevented the group from meeting in June.



Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.



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