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Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp disability claims

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

Four Social Security judges are headed to Capitol Hill to face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

 

 

Thunderstorms down trees, knock out power

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Thunderstorms pushing across Mississippi have produced high winds and hail, but Oxford appears to have dodged a tornado warning and ominous looking clouds with no damage.

 

 

Family: Nunnelee's brain surgery went well

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is recovering from brain surgery.

 

 

Miss. Senate candidates focus on debt, farmers

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel promised Monday to protect naval shipbuilding despite a national debt he views as the greatest threat to American security, while incumbent Thad Cochran focused on his record of helping Mississippi farmers.

 

 

Ron Paul backs tea party challenger

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday added his name to the list of tea party supporters of Chris McDaniel's effort to deny longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi a seventh term.

 

 

VA: 45-day average wait for first-time visits in Miss.

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Patients seeking care through the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor, according to a wide-ranging audit released Monday.

 

 

VA official concedes 'integrity issue,' apologizes

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans' waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays.

 

 

Police: Vegas cop killers had anti-government view

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

 

Photographers hired to shoot everyday life

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.

 

Morgan crash fuels debate over tired truckers

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules.

 

 

City council holding special meeting Tuesday

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will hold a special call meeting Tuesday to discuss its capital improvements program.

 

Economic filings missing for mayor, two councilmen

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission's website shows each Columbus councilman has at least one missing statement of economic interest filing since 2009, while two submissions are missing for city mayor Robert Smith and city councilman Bill Gavin.

Hazard mitigation plan available for review

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has released a draft of a hazard mitigation plan that would make county and municipal governments eligible to receive federal money for projects to prevent damage from natural disasters.

Monday profile: From coon hunting to catfish

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the world of modern business, you often hear about the importance of networking and you see the evidence of it everywhere -- from corporate tents at big events to country club memberships to sky boxes at football stadiums. Columbus businessman James Basson has his own version of networking, albeit unorthodox.

GOP struggles to recruit black voters

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn't seeking romance. He was seeking voters.

 

Police: Tourist turned tables on would-be robber

Posted 6/9/2014 in State

New Orleans police say that when a would-be robber put a Mississippi tourist into a headlock, the man broke free, punched him and held him for police.

 

 

Hinds DA to investigate courthouse lock-in

Posted 6/9/2014 in State

The Hinds County District Attorney's office will investigate how a staffer for state Sen. Chris McDaniel's U.S. Senate campaign and two other McDaniel supporters got locked in the county courthouse after Tuesday's primary election.

 

 

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