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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.


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.

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.


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.



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.



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.


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.



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