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Wife: Miss. man among victims

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Renee Powell Westbrook had just returned home from her job at the state Department of Human Services when she heard the news from a friend: There had been a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, where her husband, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook was stationed between tours in Afghanistan.

 

Judge dismisses Rennie Gibbs' depraved heart murder case

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has dismissed murder charges against a Columbus resident who was charged with depraved heart murder after the 2006 stillborn death of her child. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens issued his ruling Wednesday in the case against 24-year-old Rennie Gibbs.

Browning on Business: Cotton District cafe closes after 6 years

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

Jean's Cafe, a little Cotton District restaurant in Starkville with a faithful following and cheese wontons capable of inspiring near-religious devotion, closed Saturday.

 

Informal approval forced city's hand with Richardson's development

Former Community Developer William Snowden OK'd preliminary plans for Clayton Richardson's Shaggy Hound development before he purchased property adjacent to Starkville High School and began the city's formal development review process, Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Wednesday.

 

OCSD seeking limits on nightclub hours

Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies are developing new rules limiting nightclub's operating hours, a move similar to one approved by Lowndes County last year, after a Sunday shooting at Club Rock left five people injured.

Play ball? MUW weighs its options

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the coming weeks, Mississippi University for Women plans to hire a consultant to evaluate bringing intercollegiate athletics back to the university.

City sets April 10 public hearing for tax increase

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One week from today, Columbus residents will have their say on a proposed millage increase that would fund a bond issue for capital improvements. Mayor Robert Smith and city councilmen have scheduled a hearing for April 10 at the Columbus Municipal Complex. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

 

U.S. troubled by Iran's choice of UN ambassador

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. objected Wednesday to Iran's anticipated selection of a former hostage-taker at the American Embassy in Tehran as its newest ambassador to the United Nations. But the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would refuse him a visa to enter the United States.

 

 

Poll: Three-fourths of Americans say marijuana will be legal

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

 

 

Holmes Co. sheriff to seek ban on pit bulls

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Holmes County sheriff wants to ban pit bulls days after a family's dogs killed a 3-year-old boy.

 

 

Lawmakers finish state budget, end 2014 session

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session Wednesday night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1.

 

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.

 

Republicans like campaign money ruling, Democrats don't

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 4-3-14

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

 

 

Costs rise another $177 million at Kemper plant

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion.

 

 

Miss. House rejects special education vouchers

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students.

 

 

Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.

 

Arrest report: 4-3-14

Posted 4/3/2014 in Area

 

Las Vegas leads in push for GOP convention

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Backed by one of the GOP's most powerful benefactors, Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the multi-city fight to host the next Republican National Convention.

 

 

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