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Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

 

Judge declares Holloway dead as parents look on

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge declared their teenage daughter long missing in Aruba to be dead.

 

Second suspect sought in rash of Lowndes County burglaries

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities are making headway in the investigation of recent burglaries.

 

Lawyer: Sisters will push new governor for pardon

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON-- Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison last year on condition that one donate a kidney to the other were saddened and disappointed they weren't among dozens receiving full pardons from the governor, one of the women said Thursday.

 

 

Schools scramble to avoid takeover

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

 

Misuse of fuel card, state vehicle alleged

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The deputy administrator of the Mississippi Homeland Security office is on administrative leave without pay following his arrest for alleged misuse of a state vehicle and Fuelman card.

 

 

USDA to shutter 11 offices in Mississippi

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to close 11 offices in Mississippi as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide.

 

 

Only 1 shows to comment on offshore lease sales

Posted 1/12/2012 in National

JEFFERSON, La. -- Only a petroleum industry representative showed up at a public hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Collins named National Guard leader

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed retired Brig. Gen. Augustus L. "Leon" Collins as adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.

 

 

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