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U.S. hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

U.S. officials handed over formal control of Afghanistan's only large-scale U.S.-run prison to Kabul on Monday, even as disagreements between the two countries over the thousands of Taliban and terror suspects held there marred the transfer.

 

Forbes: MSU dorms are 'insanely luxurious'

It takes Hunter Myrick four hours to drive from Starkville to his house in Gulfport. Well, it's his parents' house, really. Myrick, a freshman at Mississippi State University, moved into South Hall in August, and like so many other fresh-faced 18-year-olds in Myrick's residence hall, this the first time he has ever been on his own, an experience he is still getting used to.

What's not to 'like?': Workplace slow to establish employee rules for use of social media

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a world where everything from breaking news to the picture of an adorable animal seems to be only a Facebook post or Tweet away, the world of technology is constantly changing how we receive and view news.

 

Section 42 change will boost County's tax revenue

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the suggestion of tax collector/assessor Greg Andrews, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have approved a change in the way Section 42 housing will be assessed.

 

Tornado strikes NYC

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A tornado swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

 

Newell sentenced to 15 years; Lathan sentenced to 40 years

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

James "Chuck" Newell has been sentenced to 15 years for the 2008 murder of Adrian Boyette while Corey Lathan, convicted of seven burglaries before age 18, was sentenced to 40 years for his part in an armed burglary.

 

Shifting sands from Isaac reveal 1923 shipwreck

Posted 9/8/2012 in Area

The pounding surf and currents from Hurricane Isaac on a remote spit of Alabama shoreline has again revealed the wreckage of a schooner that ran aground in 1923, delighting curious tourists and locals.

 

Court sides with Wal-Mart in ammunition lawsuit

Posted 9/8/2012 in State

If a store sells ammunition to an underage person who uses the bullets to kill someone, is the retailer responsible?

 

 

Grant helps New Hope start drama program

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School will soon offer a drama program, thanks to the efforts of Julie Duke, who teaches English, creative writing and public speaking at the school.

 

Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A young Christian girl accused of burning pages of Islam's holy book was freed Saturday from a jail near the capital where she had been held for three weeks, a Pakistani jail official said.

Millage rates won't go up, says council

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Millage rates for Columbus residents will not be increased in the next fiscal year.

 

McElhenney won't face re-trial on fondling charge

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The District Attorney's Office has announced it will not retry Doris "D.R." McElhenney for allegedly fondling his granddaughter.

 

 

Research gives MSU a global footprint

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

While David Shaw walked down the halls of a United Nations building in Rome last year, on his way to a conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a host escorting his group told Shaw that there was someone he needed to meet. "It was a black gentleman from Ghana," he recalled. "He shook my hand and told me that he graduated from Mississippi State.

 

 

Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar -- through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

 

 

Four deaths in Mississippi from West Nile virus

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

Michele Martin's son Drew is one of the lucky ones. He survived the West Nile virus despite living in a county that leads the state in the number of cases and where the third and fourth deaths this year from infection were reported Wednesday. The active Richland 14-year-old was sidelined by severe fever, headache, fatigue and lack of appetite in mid-August.

 

 

7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn't until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause.

 

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told that she was pregnant.

Attention turns to Peterson's missing fourth wife

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

She loomed over Drew Peterson's murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front of the jury.

Texas to open fastest U.S. highway with 85 mph limit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas.

 

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