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Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?



Five states to increase class time in some schools

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.



Risk is at heart of troop withdrawal debate

Posted 12/3/2012 in National


Serial killer Gacy's blood may solve old murders

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims.


Alaska murder suspect linked to 7 other killings

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Investigators say a man found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail was not only suspected of killing an Anchorage barista but may be linked to seven other possible slayings around the country.


Pregnant woman stabbed by sister's boyfriend

Posted 12/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Maben man was arrested Sunday for stabbing a pregnant woman earlier in the day. John Jones, 30, of 110 Sanders Trailer Park Road in Maben, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after he stabbed his girlfriend's sister Sunday morning.

Equal under the law? Gender may influence sentencing in sex crimes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local attorney Rod Ray was defending a client accused of sexual battery, he gave an impassioned speech to members of the jury, asking them to take the facts of the case into account and not give in to public perception that when a man is accused of a sex crime, he is automatically guilty.

Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Christmas parade will feature the Columbus and New Hope high school bands, as well as dancers and elected officials. An appearance by Santa Claus will finish out the parade, officially kicking off the Christmas season.


KC Chiefs' Belcher kills girlfriend, self

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.


MUW hosts state conference to support public education

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is increasing at private academies and charter schools loom large on the horizon, with lawmakers expected to make yet another push for them in January.


Silicor may receive extension from Lowndes supes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline looming for the beginning of phase one construction, Silicor Materials officials are expected to ask the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for second extension.


Man killed father in Wyoming bow-and-arrow attack

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

Police released more details Saturday of a grisly murder-suicide at a Wyoming community college, saying a man shot his father in the head with a bow and arrow in front of a computer science class not long after fatally stabbing his father's live-in girlfriend at their home a couple miles away.


Deer invade racetrack as announcer plays along

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

Spectators who came to watch horses at a western Pennsylvania racetrack got a surprise this week when three deer got onto the course first and beat the horses to racing.


Saving face: Ind. man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face "to make politics fun" says it's time for it to come off.

'Christmas for Columbus' concert to benefit charities

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers hope a new holiday tradition takes root Saturday, with the debut of "A Christmas for Columbus," a benefit concert by the combined choirs of First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church ensembles and Mississippi University for Women Singers.

Merchants wary of shoplifters during holiday shopping season

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As shoppers file into stores, anxiously searching for that perfect Christmas gift, retailers are taking steps to protect themselves from another kind of shopper -- shoplifters.


Groups prep for holiday giving

Posted 11/30/2012 in Area

The holiday season can be a time of joy and wonder, but for many, it can also be a time of despair and frustration for those in need of toys for their children, clothes, food and even shelter. To make their holidays a bit brighter, many Lowndes County residents are joining together to volunteer and give back to the community.



School board accepts grant for dropout program

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial grant, intended to fund the city school district's dropout prevention program, was accepted by the board Thursday morning in a sometimes contentious three-hour special meeting.



Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."



French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

In a surprise ruling in one of the most high-profile disasters in aviation history, a French appeals court Thursday overturned manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.



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