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Suspects sought after movie-style bank heist

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Two masked gunmen managed to evade authorities after a bizarre bank heist, strapping what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forcing her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac's waves

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn't cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010.

 

Miss. reports 2 new West Nile virus deaths

Posted 9/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus.

 

Murder suspect held on $500K bond

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teenager accused of a Labor day murder in Columbus received bond of $500,000 on Wednesday.

 

Mother of Caledonia alderman killed in two-car collision

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Caledonia woman on Wednesday.

 

 

Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention today as President Barack Obama's nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy.

 

 

Garbage rate increase still won't cover cost, council told

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a budget hearing set for Thursday, the Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to raise garbage fees $2 a month, beginning Oct. 1.

 

 

Three are suspended in Facebook incident

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus firefighters and a Columbus police officer have been suspended for 30 days after they "liked" a Facebook post made by a former firefighter.

 

 

Caledonia weighs fee options

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia may soon be using a collection agency to collect outstanding fines. During Tuesday night's board meeting, the mayor and alderman heard from Mississippi Warrant Network and American Municipal Services.

 

Trainer suggests pursuing $3M loan

District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer pushed for pursuing a $3 million loan to ensure the county's planned road projects are completed on schedule during the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

 

Aldermen approve $1.5 million for drainage, sewage projects

There was some confusion at the Starkville Board of Alderman meeting when it came time to vote on a $1.5 million project aimed at addressing some of the city's sewage infrastructure issues, including the long-debated Carver Drive ditch.

 

Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate treatment for gender-identity disorder, even as critics including Sen. Scott Brown call it "an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars."

 

National debt hits $16 trillion; Republicans critical

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States.

 

Syria comes under scathing international criticism

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt's leader calling on President Bashar Assad to "learn from recent history" and step down.

Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- a voyage that will take nearly three years.

 

Chance encounter leads to torture suspect's arrest

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department of Homeland Security official Tuesday.

 

 

Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades.

 

First lady's message: Obama is just like you

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

 

Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a fundraising prowess that has let him outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer.

 

 

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