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Councilman asked judge applicant for donation

Posted 9/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus attorney hoping to be chosen for a municipal judge position was asked to donate to a councilman's campaign fund last week.

Threat against Monroe Co. school leads to dismissal

Posted 9/17/2015 in Area

Authorities have arrested a juvenile believed to be responsible for a threat against Hamilton Schools.


Emergency officials rally support for new 911 fees

Posted 9/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A year ago, the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association, which represents emergency management operations in all 82 of the state's counties, pushed Senate Bill 2577, also known as "Operation Quarter Back," which would have returned an additional 25 cents of the $1 fee charged on 911 calls made by cell phones to counties to operate its E911 systems.



Starkville could pass CAO hire to next board

Posted 9/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's chief administrative officer position may go unfilled until the next term as Mayor Parker Wiseman studies administrative duties and takes on some of the job functions on an interim basis.



Columbus police warn of potential scam

Posted 9/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is advising residents to beware of a potential scam after a report from a concerned citizen.


Time travel, Salem witch trials figure in writer's first novel

Posted 9/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The confines of time are breached in James L. Tracy's debut book, "The Time Opener: 1692."

Analysis: Trump underwhelms, Fiorina shines in GOP debate

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

Republican voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

Takeaways from the GOP's undercard presidential debate

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

The four Republican presidential candidates who didn't make the cut for the 11-person prime-time GOP debate met Wednesday for an undercard event at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, each searching for a breakout moment.


General Motors said to settle criminal case over ignition switches

Posted 9/17/2015 in Business

Federal prosecutors are set to announce a settlement with General Motors that resolves a criminal investigation into how the Detroit automaker concealed a deadly problem with small-car ignition switches, according to three people briefed on the case.



Feds investigate friend of Charleston shooting suspect

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black churchgoers to death in Charleston is being investigated by federal authorities, an official said Wednesday.



Miss. GOP opposes 2 school funding proposals on ballot

Posted 9/17/2015 in State

Mississippi Republican Party leaders are urging people to vote against both of the education funding proposals on the November ballot.


Outcry after Muslim teen is detained over homemade clock

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media Wednesday and got an invitation to the White House after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to class with a homemade clock that school officials thought resembled a bomb.


Building permits 9-17-15

Posted 9/17/2015 in Business



Marriages and divorces 9-17-15

Posted 9/17/2015 in Business



US general: Only handful of Syrian fighters remain in battle

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

No more than five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are fighting the Islamic State, astoundingly short of the envisioned 5,000, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told angry lawmakers on Wednesday. They branded the training program "a total failure."



Hearing set to debate Bergdahl charges

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who faces military charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan, are likely to argue at his initial court hearing that his years of being held captive by the Taliban were punishment enough, according to legal experts.



Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.



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