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Former X Factor winner to play Caledonia Days

Posted 10/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 11th installment of Caledonia Days begins Friday and will feature entertainment ranging from country and gospel music to a pet parade to a lawnmower race.

Councilmen discuss lifting billboard ban

Posted 10/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There has been a billboard ban in the city limits of Columbus for 14 years.

MUW nurse: Knowing your body, mammograms key in detecting cancer

Posted 10/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For women, the only cancer more common than breast cancer is skin cancer.

MSU ranked No. 1 in national polls

Posted 10/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A day most Mississippi State fans thought they would never see has arrived.


Medicaid debate expected again in 2015

Posted 10/13/2014 in State

Advocates who want to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands more Mississippi residents know they face long odds at the state Capitol, where opponents of expansion are in control.



Health care worker catches Ebola from man who died

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.


Poll: Many insured struggle with medical bills

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs.


Lawsuit: Ala. teen used as bait in school sex sting

Posted 10/13/2014 in Area

Some facts of the case aren't in dispute: A teacher's aide asked a 14-year-old girl to go into a middle school bathroom as bait so a 16-year-old eight-grader with a history of sexual harassment could be caught trying to have sex with her and disciplined.



Miss. woman has helped solve 8 cases around the country

Posted 10/13/2014 in State

From her desk in Orange Grove, Ellen Leach helped identify a skull found in a bucket of cement at a Missouri truck stop.



Mechanical problem blamed for fatal Maine hayride crash

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said.



Ambush suspect could lose advantage as leaves fall

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

For the past month, ambush suspect Eric Frein has capitalized on relatively mild temperatures, dense tree cover and his own survival skills to successfully elude a manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.


Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity in IS group

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.

Domestic violence victims eligible for waiver

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Domestic violence victims are now eligible for a 60-day waiver for utility deposits.

Lowndes school board votes to move forward with capital improvements

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just over a month after a bond intended to fund a capital improvement plan for the district failed to pass, The Lowndes County School Board on Friday voted to move forward with some items in that plan.

Record-breaking crowd cheers Dawgs to sixth win

Posted 10/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, when the Associated Press releases its weekly poll, one will be a number Mississippi State and its emotionally exhausted fans will cherish.


Columbus redistricting work session scheduled

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A work session on Columbus' redistricting plan has been tentatively set for Oct. 21 at the Municipal Complex.



Insurance savings may offset tax increases in annexed areas

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you own one of the 638 homes or 44 businesses recently annexed into the city of Columbus, you'll be paying more property taxes, but some of that cost will be offset by lower insurance rates due to improved fire protection.



As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to U.S.

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

For a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, Baja Distributors Inc.'s offices were oddly quiet.


Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.


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