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Miss. religion bill draws debate on discrimination

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

A gay-rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law.


Republicans rule Taylor can stay on party ballot

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

Former Democratic Mississippi congressman Gene Taylor will stay on the Republican primary ballot opposing incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Arrest report: 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Area


General to admit guilt on 3 counts; denies assault

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A U.S. Army general accused of sexually assaulting a junior officer will admit guilt on three lesser charges but maintains his innocence on allegations that he forced her to perform oral sex, his lawyer said Wednesday night.



Marriages and divorces 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business



Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.



Cost a growing factor in college decisions

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.



Passengers in court over Carnival cruise

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

About three dozen passengers who sailed on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship that drifted at sea for days are hoping to collect thousands of dollars apiece as a result of lingering medical and mental problems they say were caused by their nightmarish experience.



Under new SAT, 1,600 is perfect again

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."



California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

Posted 3/6/2014 in National



Building permits 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business



Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment -- in this instance, four hours after birth.


Agent: Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83. Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Mayor outlines future goals for city

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Quality of life is an often-used phrase from local politicians, a puzzle they all talk about solving when they get elected. Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has been elected three times now and knows the puzzle has many pieces: Infrastructure, financial stability, safety, aesthetics and many others.

Clinkscales out, Amos in as drug court judge

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Councilmen accepted the resignation of Nicole Clinkscales as the city's drug court judge in executive session Tuesday. Fellow municipal judge Marc Amos will replace Clinkscales until the current fiscal year ends on Oct. 1.

City disqualified for rehab grant due to error

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Development Authority public relations and media manager Jeff Rent confirmed the city of Columbus' HOME rehabilitation/reconstruction grant application did not pass because publication guidelines prior to a public hearing were not met.

Caledonia considering annexation possibilities

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia has taken a tentative step toward annexation. During their monthly meeting Tuesday night, the town's board of aldermen voted to have Oxford-based firm Bridge & Watson Inc., conduct a comprehensive study on what would happen if Caledonia's town limits were expanded.


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