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Pope to nuns: Why aren't you answering the phone?

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

 

Ellis in good health, spirits as legislative term approaches

State Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, can now laugh about a stroke he had last summer. "It scared my family -- and me too!" he jokingly said, Friday.

 

Authorities still probing infant death

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks after Columbus authorities discovered a newborn baby dead in a closet, the infant's cause of death has still not been determined.

 

Lowndes County man arrested for cocaine

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man was arrested Thursday after being on the run for more than a year.

 

Officials urge Mississippians to prepare for cold temps

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Officials in Mississippi are urging residents to prepare for a blast of freezing weather expected to hit the state beginning Sunday night.

 

 

Opponents to fight Common Core in Legislature

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

On Facebook and in public forums, opponents have been trying over the past year to build opposition to the Common Core state education standards in Mississippi. As the Legislature begins its 2014 session Tuesday, they're bringing that opposition to the Capitol.

 

 

Expansion of Mississippi Medicaid unlikely in 2014

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers appear unlikely to do an about-face and vote to expand Medicaid this year.

 

 

Killen asks Supreme Court for second look

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look again at his motion for a new trial.

 

 

Push for sentencing changes underway in Congress

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country's mandatory sentencing laws.

 

 

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.

 

 

Politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

 

Phil Everly of Everly Bros. dies at 74

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Art Garfunkel answered the door to his Manhattan apartment holding a framed black-and-white picture of two smiling men. It was a test.

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

 

Spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

 

 

Government might deregulate engineered corn, soybean seeds

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but feared by scientists and environmentalists who worry it could invite growers to use more chemicals.

 

Legislators face myriad challenges in '14 session

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Representatives and senators in the Golden Triangle will meet with their colleagues in Jackson Tuesday for the 2014 regular legislative session to address budgetary, education and public safety challenges among others over the next three months.

 

Columbus teen injured in New Year's shooting

Posted 1/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Year's Day shooting left a Columbus teenager injured and police searching for the suspects.

 

Lowndes school board pushes bill to change superintendent selection process

Posted 1/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School board passed a resolution on Dec. 26 asking state legislators to consider making the state's school superintendents an appointed positions.

 

Troy football player found dead on highway

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death.

 

 

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