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Marijuana use in US adults doubles in decade, surveys show

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade, rising to almost 10 percent or more than 22 million mostly recreational users, government surveys show.


Councilman Marty Turner reprimanded for online posts

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council issued a public reprimand Tuesday to Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner for comments he posted online in the aftermath of the police shooting of Ricky Ball.

Citizens express frustration at city council meeting after police shooting

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For nearly an hour and a half, angry citizens railed against city officials for a lack of details on the incident that ended with a Columbus Police Department officer killing 26-year-old Ricky Ball on Friday night.


Autopsy reveals Ricky Ball was shot twice

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ricky Ball, the 26-year-old shot and killed by a Columbus police officer Friday, died as a result of blood loss due to two gunshot wounds.


Gunn rallies against Initiative 42

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Philip Gunn said he takes offense when people say Mississippi's leaders aren't education-minded.

New Hope remains officially identified

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The human remains found outside a New Hope home in July have been positively identified as Manuel Vasquez.

MSU student receiving national landscape architecture award

Posted 10/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A recent Mississippi State graduate from Madison is among a select group being honored with a major international design honor.


HR shuffle: Boyd retiring, Halbert named leader

Posted 10/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen again shuffled the city's personnel deck Tuesday, tasking Assistant Personnel Director Stephanie Halbert to lead human resources as Director Randy Boyd transitions to an advisory role after he notified the board of his intention to retire.



Entire state of Miss. under burn ban

Posted 10/21/2015 in State



Student senate seeks removal of Miss. flag at Ole Miss

Posted 10/21/2015 in State

Student senators at the University of Mississippi voted Tuesday night to ask the school administration to remove the Mississippi flag from campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem that some say is an offensive reminder of slavery and segregation.


Police: Fight leads to car wreck, shots fired

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly shot at someone checking on him after a car accident.

Gilbert to lead Marshall University

Posted 10/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Jerome Gilbert was named the 37th president of Marshall University Tuesday, beating out two other finalists for the position.


MUW's Writers Symposium and Welty Gala this weekend

Posted 10/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women will celebrate writing from Thursday to Saturday with its annual Writers Symposium and Welty Gala.



Mormon leader: Ky. clerk taking wrong approach on gays

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society on Tuesday, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.



Trump's Republican critics pushing for GOP-backed takedown

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Don't expect Democrats to take down Donald Trump. If the GOP's baffled establishment wants to dismiss their party's billionaire presidential front-runner, it appears they'll have to do it themselves.


Poll: After debate, voters say Clinton most electable

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Democrats appear to be rallying around Hillary Rodham Clinton after her commanding performance in the party's first presidential debate, with strong majorities viewing her favorably and more saying she can win the White House than any of her rivals, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Webb dropping out of Democratic race for president

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday he is dropping out of the Democratic race for president and is considering his options about how he might "remain as a voice" in the campaign.

Ryan to seek speakership if House GOP unifies behind him

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate -- an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.


Lexus is top brand in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

Posted 10/21/2015 in Business

Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.



Eyeing settlement, states move quickly in VW case

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

With billions of dollars at stake in restitution and penalties, U.S. states are moving quickly to try to hold Volkswagen accountable for its emissions-cheating scandal.



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