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Naked intruder recites Scripture in home

Posted 7/10/2014 in National

It was little comfort to the residents of a Seattle home along Lake Washington when the naked man who crashed through their front door began loudly reciting Scripture.

 

 

AP: Disabled often banned from voting

Posted 7/10/2014 in National

At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

 

 

Confederate flags on Va. campus to be moved

Posted 7/10/2014 in National

Washington and Lee University is drawing praise from some and complaints from others after announcing that it will remove Confederate battle flags from a chapel on the Virginia campus where Robert E. Lee is buried.

 

Robbery victim dies after being shot in face

Posted 7/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus man who was shot in a Sunday morning robbery has died. Quinton Hill, 31, died 3:19 p.m. Tuesday at University Medical Center in Jackson, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

School board, council vow closer cooperation

Posted 7/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council and members of the Columbus Municipal School Board met Tuesday night to discuss the school district's operations and finances.

Tax break won't lift cloud over catfish industry

Posted 7/9/2014 in Area

Mississippi farmers are saving some money as of this month. Mississippi House Bill 844, which went into effect on July 1, exempts certain agriculture businesses from paying state sales tax on utility bills.

 

Ohio company seeks to purchase MetroCast

An Ohio-based media company is expected to finalize a deal at the end of this year that will acquire MetroCast Communications' state-wide operations.

 

 

Supervisors unanimously pass Blackjack TIF plan

Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously approved a $4.78 million-maximum tax increment financing plan Monday that, once expected housing developments are added to the tax rolls, will provide funding for numerous Blackjack Road improvements.

 

SSD supe wants 'amiable' solution for fund dispute

Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway said he hopes SSD and city aldermen can find an amiable solution over how to use $500,000 in over-collected school taxes.

West Point selectmen renew agreement with county, LINK

Posted 7/9/2014 in Area

West Point selectmen voted unanimously to renew the city's agreement with Clay County and the Golden Triangle Development LINK for three more years.

Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law.

Vernon optimistic over plans for building splash pad

Posted 7/9/2014 in Area

The City of Vernon is moving closer to building a splash pad at the city's park.

 

Cruz, tea party groups want probe of Miss. runoff

Posted 7/9/2014 in State

In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation Tuesday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud they cited in the bitterly fought race.

 

Government made $100B in improper payments

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them -- tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

Patrol head says he's shocked by beating video

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and the agency's reputation is hurt by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

 

Report: Prison health-care costs stabilize

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday.

 

 

Supes approve requests to void HOME contracts

Posted 7/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved requests from owners of two houses being rebuilt as part of the HOME Investment Participation Program to cancel their contracts with LRJ&J Construction.

 

MDA to be asked for more funds for shooting range

Posted 7/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Development Authority may be willing to allocate more money toward construction of a new firing range in Columbus to make up for insufficient local commitments.

 

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