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House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.


Council tables $5 million infrastructure bond issue

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Action on a $5 million bond issue for capital improvements was tabled during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.

Carpenter: Overlapping events helped Pilgrimage

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several overlapping events during this year's Pilgrimage season helped increase ticket sales and hotel stays over the 16-day period, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said.

Columbus woman charged with arson

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cicely Alyse Hopkins, 26, of 114 Poplar Street, was arrested Monday by officers with the Columbus Police Department and charged with felony arson.

Columbus man pleads guilty to sexual battery

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to sexual battery.

CMSD superintendent search officially begins

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost a year since its last superintendent was ousted, the Columbus Municipal School District has officially opened the search for its next permanent leader.

Golden Triangle city sales tax numbers up for March

Posted 5/20/2014 in Area

All three Golden Triangle cities saw significant sales tax revenue increases in March.


New EMCC union ground-breaking set for June 6

Posted 5/20/2014 in Area

East Mississippi Community College officials will break ground on a new Mayhew campus student union June 6, a facility that will provide additional classrooms and serve as the school's anchor for student services as it hopes to provide on-campus living spaces in 2018.



Cochran children shocked mom's photo posted

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's adult children said Monday they were shocked someone apparently tried to use their mother's debilitating dementia for political purposes as their father seeks re-election in Mississippi.


Everything must go: Silverdome's assets for sale

Posted 5/20/2014 in National

The Pontiac Silverdome was the place Elvis, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones played. And Pope John Paul II prayed. It's where Barry Sanders and Isiah Thomas became Detroit sports legends.

BMH-GT ambulance service receives award

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ambulance service at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle received an award for outstanding service, the hospital announced Monday.


Mississippi approves $8.4M for Common Core tests

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Education has approved spending $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards.



Pardoned ex-prisoner pleads guild to manslaughter

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

One of the ex-prisoners who received a pardon from then-Gov. Haley Barbour has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after he killed another man in an exchange of gunfire.



25 years for man in poisoned letters case

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.


Traditional Nigerian hunters want to help find kidnapped schoolgirls

Posted 5/20/2014 in National

Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists.

Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than mom

Posted 5/20/2014 in National

You promise "in sickness and in health," but a new poll shows becoming a caregiver to a frail spouse causes more stress than having to care for mom, dad or even the in-laws.


Credit Suisse case called warning to foreign banks

Posted 5/20/2014 in National

Credit Suisse AG's guilty plea and $2.6 billion payment in a high-profile case brought by the Justice Department are being held out as a warning to foreign banks believed to be helping U.S. taxpayers conceal assets.


Obama to give Marine vet Medal of Honor

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

An Afghanistan war veteran who absorbed the blast of a grenade to protect a fellow Marine will receive the medal of honor next month, becoming the eighth living recipient for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.


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