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Columbus schools to open elementary lottery

Posted 1/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The annual elementary lottery for the Columbus Municipal School District will open next month.

 

Dream 365 speaker Haynes urges change

Posted 1/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The annual Dream 365 event concluded Monday morning with a breakfast featuring famed pastor Dr. Fredrick Haynes. From the death of Christ to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Trayvon Martin, Haynes spoke on how a murder can become a movement for change.

Groups rally for more money for teachers, schools

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol on Monday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools -- not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past.

 

GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012.

 

 

2 nabbed at border in credit card fraud case

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

A South Texas police chief said Monday that two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.

 

 

Mississippi inmate seeks access to circuit clerk records

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide if Timothy Pryer's efforts to gain documents related to his sexual battery conviction were illegally denied.

 

 

Driver charged in double fatal wreck

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The driver of the vehicle that wrecked on Nov. 9 on Mississippi Highway 7 near the University of Mississippi, killing two Ole Miss students, has been charged on two counts of aggravated DUI.

 

 

Escaped Greek terrorist vows to fight govt

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

A Greek fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for being in a deadly terrorist organization has vowed a return to armed action.

 

 

Police restructuring to continue with assistant chief's position

Posted 1/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Continued changes to Starkville Police Department's leadership structure could come today if aldermen approve a resolution establishing an assistant chief's position.

 

 

Russians studying Islamic video threatening Olympics

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it's studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that asserted responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and is threatening to strike the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

 

OSHA to investigate cause of deadly Omaha plant explosion

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives.

 

Ziggy Marley, Fantasia on tap for Jackson R&B fest

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

Jamaican bandleader and reggae musician Ziggy Marley and R&B singer Fantasia will headline August's Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival.

 

 

Sandusky's son takes part in film on Penn St. case

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky participated in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse case and hopes to become an advocate for child victims.

 

 

Republicans seek to skirt danger on Miss. prisons

Posted 1/20/2014 in State

It sounded like a Conservatives Anonymous meeting one morning last week at the Mississippi Capitol. "I'm Andy Gipson, and I'm tough on crime," was how the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee introduced himself -- perhaps to provide a bit of political cover for other Republican lawmakers ahead of a vote on a prison reform legislation meant to reduce the number of people in Mississippi state prisons.

 

Voter ID window opens across Mississippi

Posted 1/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteen counties in Mississippi have issued Voter ID cards since the window opened last week for registered voters who need to get one. Lowndes County isn't one of those 15, circuit clerk Haley Salazar said Friday, but she expects that to change as the June 3 congressional primaries draw nearer.

Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl pits top 'O,' top 'D'

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl. Nobody scored as many points or gained as many yards as the Broncos. Nobody allowed as few points or gave up as few yards as the Seahawks. And nobody won as many games as those clubs, either.

Parades, marches and service projects honor MLK

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

The nation paused to remember Martin Luther King Jr. today with parades, marches and service projects.

Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

 

George W. Bush library archives open to public

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.

 

 

Some Obama spy changes hampered by complications

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals' lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn.

 

 

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