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Miss. inmate sues over execution drug info

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

Lawyers for a woman facing the death penalty in Mississippi say the state isn't telling them enough about where it's getting execution drugs and how it plans to use them.

 

Mississippi religious-practices bill faces deadline

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel will decide today whether to kill a religious-practices bill or keep it alive with or without changes.

 

 

Search continues for missing toddler

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

The search continues for a missing Madison County toddler.

 

Lawyers seek dismissal in stillborn-death case

Posted 3/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi woman who gave birth to a stillborn child at age 16 is challenging a "depraved heart murder" charge that was filed against her by prosecutors who said her cocaine use killed the baby.

New county fire station projects ongoing

Posted 3/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weather is the main factor slowing progress of new county fire stations in Districts 1 and 2. Once the new facilities are in place, they'll add up to four new fire houses in Lowndes County.

Dollar General leads boom in discount store expansion

Posted 3/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new Dollar General is opening in Columbus. The space will open on Highway 50, replacing a smaller Dollar General across the street. It will be the 10th Dollar General in Columbus.

Shale brings high hopes in Mississippi

Posted 3/3/2014 in State

Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.

 

Arrest made in Amory man's murder

Posted 3/3/2014 in Area

An arrest has been made in the death of an Amory man.

 

 

Pontotoc ethanol plant no closer to being built

Posted 3/3/2014 in Area

Five years have passed and a planned $100 million ethanol plant is no closer to being built. Little has changed from a year ago, when company officials said they were committed to the project and were working to "move the project forward."

 

Nunnelee lone incumbent without primary

Posted 3/3/2014 in State

First District Republican Alan Nunnelee is the only Mississippi congressman without a party primary this year. Saturday was congressional candidates' qualifying deadline in the state. Primaries are June 3, and the general election is Nov. 4.

 

Spending-cut efforts hit roadblocks

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year they decided to go small.

 

 

High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

 

 

Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

 

Will soldier be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

 

March health deadline approaches

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Sick of hearing about the health care law? Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes. But now is the time to tune back in, before it's too late.

 

 

Razzies pick Will and Jaden Smith as worst actors

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for their performances in "After Earth."

 

DeGeneres' selfie crashes Twitter

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Laws, renowned surgeon and Columbus native, dead at 81

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Henry Laws, the son of a Columbus drugstore owner who went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and become a nationally renowned doctor who a colleague dubbed a "surgeon's surgeon," has died.

Councilmen: Non-quorum meetings are often useful

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has called non-quorum meetings with councilmen on four occasions in the past month to discuss matters involving public and taxpayer interest. Splitting meetings into non-quorum groups keeps the city from being required to post notice of a special call meeting and legally permits city leaders to meet without inviting the general public or media.

 

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