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Ex-teacher indicted in Gulfport molestation case

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

A former south Mississippi teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the alleged molestation of students over a period of four decades.

 

 

Man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

 

GM expert: 19 deaths eligible for compensation

Posted 9/16/2014 in Business

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company.

 

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

 

Questions over abortion coverage in health law

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

 

 

3,000 U.S. military members to fight Ebola

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

 

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

 

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

 

 

Officials: U.S. would retaliate against Assad

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

 

 

Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Police said Monday they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct in a parked car.

 

Video gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

 

Plus-one insurance policy again up for discussion

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fresh off the heels of a closed-door session last week on Starkville's new plus-one insurance policy, aldermen again will take up the matter during their 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

 

Columbus Magnolia Bowl to get makeover

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Magnolia Bowl will be turned into a walking track and outdoor study space for Franklin Elementary and the community.

Columbus native makes top 10 finish at Miss America

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, a Columbus native, was among the final 10 contestants in the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 

Poverty education class comes to Starkville

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville non-profit organization Bridges out of Poverty is hosting a day long training session Tuesday.

 

 

Income tax collections driving Miss. revenue

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Mississippi is one of 10 states most reliant on sales taxes as a share of revenue, according to a new Standard & Poor's report that says that such states may be particularly susceptible to an ever-widening income gap dragging down state tax revenues.

 

From hunter to hunted: The rise and fall of treasure sleuth Tommy Thompson

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, black socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Uber is under pressure globally -- including Mississippi

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

A rising and enterprising international car service finds itself at the intersection of civics and technology. In Mississippi and elsewhere, this means the company has been and continues to be in trouble with the law, too.

 

 

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