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Christmas trees piling up for bonfire

Posted 1/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has collected almost 100 trees for its Christmas tree bonfire planned for Thursday evening, Mayor Robert Smith said on Tuesday.

Common Core opponents seek momentum as session starts

Posted 1/7/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant reiterated Tuesday that Mississippi should stop using the Common Core academic standards, but just what legislative leaders plan remains unclear.

 

Mississippi tries to force KiOR into liquidation

Posted 1/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last year, with plans for controlling shareholder and financier Vinod Khosla to buy what's left of the company.

 

12 dead in attack on Paris newspaper; France goes on alert

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper today, killing 12 people before escaping.

 

Rubio understands Americans' frustration with immigrants

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who "feel as if we are being taken advantage of" by immigrants in the United States illegally.

 

 

Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, citing "grave legal concerns," is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

 

 

Obama, Mexico's president meet under shadow of abductions

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

President Barack Obama pledged to stand with Mexico against "the scourge of violence and the drug cartels" as he met Tuesday with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

 

 

'Don't believe in a god?' billboards up in south

Posted 1/7/2015 in State

Billboards reaching out to atheists, humanists, freethinkers and agnostics are up in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

 

 

House rule sets up election-year battle over Social Security

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Buried in new rules that will govern the House for the next two years is a provision that could force an explosive battle over Social Security's finances on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

 

 

GOP takes charge in Congress, runs into swift veto threat

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years Tuesday.

 

Divers spot tail of AirAsia plane that crashed into Java Sea

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board.

First black female Republican joins Congress

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Mia Love of Utah on Tuesday became the first black female Republican in Congress as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House.

 

Freshly elected lawmakers arrive at Capitol

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

It was a good day to be the new guy.

 

Heidi Ho could see tighter enforcement

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials have acknowledged a local nightclub's long history of violent altercations, and they say they are committed to doing something about it.

Two qualify for Lowndes circuit clerk

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 2 councilman Joseph Mickens qualified as a Democrat, while Golden Triangle Planning and Development District director for computing services Tim Heard will run as an independent.

Regional homeless coalition builds momentum

Posted 1/6/2015 in Area

A group of local community leaders fighting homelessness in the Golden Triangle is picking up the pace.

 

Lowndes supes seek state permission to pay storm bill

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved a resolution requesting the state's permission to pay the last of the county's debris clean-up expenses from an April 2014 storm.

 

Supervisors refuse closed-door hospital discussions

A coalition of three supervisors rebuked an attempt to discuss OCH Regional Medical Center finances in executive session Monday.

 

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