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KiOR stares down default on MDA loan

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If KiOR does not finalize the details of a $25 million commitment from a California investor within the next nine days the company expects to default on a $75 million loan it received from the state of Mississippi.

Miley: 'They knew he had weapons'

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local law enforcement went to check on a New Hope man whose family was concerned about his welfare Tuesday, they had no idea that what started as a routine call would turn into one of the bloodiest days for law enforcement in recent history.

Answers sought in New Hope shooting case

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of shooting two Lowndes County deputies and injuring a third is sitting alone in a Monroe County jail cell. Kenneth "Kent" Coscia, 30, has been in solitary confinement since he allegedly opened fire on Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies Tuesday, according to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.

 

Hefty fees for some drugs under ACA

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

 

Gun used against Pope to be exhibited

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

The gun used by a would-be assassin to shoot Pope John Paul II will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God's protection of him, according to priests in charge of the museum.

 

Jet search area: Distant, dangerous, dazzling

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

The scientists and support staff stationed on Amsterdam Island find professional value in being about as far away from the hubbub of humanity as it's possible to get. But this week, some of them wandered down to the southern Indian Ocean shoreline to look for the floating objects that could help explain the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

 

Ex-football coach Bowling wins review of sentence

Posted 3/22/2014 in Area

A federal judge will hear arguments from a former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach on a motion to set aside or reconsider his sentence to multiple guilty pleas that he transported boys across state lines for sex.

Competitor fights Miss. Silicon permit

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

A competitor's effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court.

Trial in child porn case rescheduled

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has rescheduled the trial date of a Columbus man indicted on child pornography charges.

 

Federal school report highlights Miss. disparities

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country.

 

 

Clinton appeals to idealism of students

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

Looking out to a theater full of motivated college students, Hillary Rodham Clinton said their generation showed great promise as "open-minded and tolerant" Americans ready to step forward for an important cause.

 

Deputy injured in Tuesday's shooting recovering

Posted 3/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy who was shot earlier this week is expected to be released from the hospital today.

City leaders encourage community involvement

Posted 3/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as a meeting to inform clergymen and community advocates on governmental affairs and seek their feedback became a roll call for city officials and a moment of pause to reflect on the current state of the city and what needs to be done going forward to improve.

Columbus school receives bomb threat

Posted 3/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bomb threat at Columbus Middle School temporarily suspended classes Thursday.

Thompson to retire after 30 years with city, county

Posted 3/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County purchasing clerk Terry Thompson is retiring at the end of this month after six years in that position and 30 years as a state employee.

 

School merger bills continuing toward conference

Posted 3/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State House and Senate members declined to concur on two amended Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger bills this week, a sign that area Rep. Gary Chism's, R-Columbus, prediction of the need for a joint conference committee to negotiate the final legislation will come to fruition.

 

 

Structure fire severely damages Apple Street home

Posted 3/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three occupants of an Apple Street home escaped significant injuries during a Friday structure fire.

 

Cat behaviorist heading to Oregon after attack

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell."

 

Police: Teen bypasses guard, reaches WTC spire

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

A teenage thrill-chaser slipped through a fence, eluded a security guard and climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center, authorities said Thursday as concerns swirled about a seemingly audacious breach at what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure sites.

 

 

Sanctions target Putin's inner circle

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

 

 

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