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Report: Labor in tub OK but water births unproven

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be's pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation's obstetricians.



House Minority Leader: Health law a winner for Democrats

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

A defiant House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi declared firmly Thursday that the health care law looms as a political winner for her party this fall, despite ceaseless Republican attacks and palpable nervousness among some of her rank and file who fear their re-election may be in jeopardy because of it.


Westboro's Phelps tested free speech with anti-gay protests

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil.


Presley issues consumer alert regarding billing scam

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley warned consumers to be on guard against scammers that have been targeting Mississippi utility customers.



Several shots fired into Hattiesburg Islamic Center

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Hattiesburg police are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center.



DeSoto County bans use of e-cigarettes

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

DeSoto County has added electronic cigarettes to a local smoking ban in government buildings.



Parties dismiss suit over execution drug info

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections and attorneys for a death row inmate have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over release of information on execution drugs and suppliers.



Mississippi legislators OK final version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Legislation to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval Thursday from state lawmakers.



Three arrested on drug charges in West Point

Posted 3/21/2014 in Area

Three West Point men were arrested for possession of marijuana and liquid codiene after a traffic stop Wednesday.



Swiss Emmentaler named world's best cheese

Posted 3/21/2014 in National

A Swiss Emmentaler has been named the top cheese at an international competition in Wisconsin, handing the nation its fourth win in the past five years.



The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown 3-21-14

Posted 3/21/2014 in Area



Bomb threat at Columbus Middle School

Posted 3/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bomb dogs searched Columbus Middle School Thursday afternoon after a teacher discovered a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall according to school officials.


LINK, researcher working on 'road map' for counties

Posted 3/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area leaders and Golden Triangle Development LINK officials are working with an economic researcher on five-year plans for development for each of the three counties that comprise the LINK.

Shooter's bond set at $3M

Posted 3/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kenneth "Kent" Coscia stood in Lowndes County Justice Court on Wednesday afternoon with a battered, bruised face and slumped shoulders. The 30-year-old is accused of shooting two Lowndes County Sheriff's deputies and injuring a third at his New Hope home Tuesday. He wore a bulletproof vest on top of a red prison jumpsuit reserved for dangerous inmates.

Browning on Business: Starkville has national restaurants on horizon

Posted 3/20/2014 in Business

Did you hear three restaurants are slated to open in Starkville later this year?


Starkville aldermen expand community developer search

Posted 3/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen unanimously voted to expand the scope of the city's community developer search Tuesday to include national publications.



Australia checking two objects in search for plane

Posted 3/20/2014 in National

Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean today hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said.


Murder suspect Manning faces prior charges

Posted 3/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Murder suspect Immanuel Dewayne Manning's bond was set at a combined $145,000 Wednesday after he appeared before Oktibbeha County Justice Court Judge William Boykin for numerous charges.


Council approves raising landfill ceilings

Posted 3/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus landfill cells will have their height limit raised pending approval from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.



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