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Boko Haram leader vaulted into headlines

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Tugging on his winter hat, the Islamic militant leader declared with a sneer: "I will sell women."


Building permits 5-8-14

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business



No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.


MSMS students to perform in historic Sandfield Cemetery

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students will perform an "8th of May Emancipation Celebration" in a Columbus cemetery Thursday.

Andrews named permanent fire chief

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Martin Andrews' family broke out in applause upon learning the 'interim' title was removed from his job position. "Martin Andrews: Fire Chief," one of his supporters exclaimed.

Residents question disaster response

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two East Columbus residents informed the Columbus City Council Tuesday night that there was a lack of timely response to address issues stemming from the April 28 tornado.

Urban renewal area established

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After holding a public hearing and informational session Tuesday, Columbus councilmen established an urban renewal area and will soon advertise for applicants for a five-member redevelopment authority.

Wynn is focus of ethics complaint

An Open Meetings Act complaint against Starkville aldermen alleges Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn and other city representatives repeatedly participate in secret meetings and seeks a full state investigation into a pattern that dates to July 1.


Deputy charged in death of coach

Posted 5/7/2014 in State

Family and friends of a youth basketball coach called for swift justice Tuesday against two Mississippi sheriff's deputies accused of assaulting their son after a recreational league game and causing injuries that led to his death.



Caledonia resident given more time to clean up property

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia property owner has another month to continue cleaning up his Sanders Lane yard after neighbors gave the town's board of aldermen a petition asking that the area be cleaned in April.


Council studies issues with shelter

Posted 5/7/2014 in Area

After more than a year, the above-ground tornado shelter located at Vernon's municipal complex was put to the test for the first time on April 28.

New Jersey fire siren silenced by osprey nest

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

A pair of ospreys has quieted a fire alarm in one New Jersey shore town. The raptors have built a nest inside the fire siren at Spring Lake. By law, the nest can't be disturbed.


Mississippi lawmakers to convene on tornado costs

Posted 5/7/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting Thursday to help pay state government's share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes.



Man arrested after Alabama interstate attack

Posted 5/7/2014 in Area

Sheriff's officials in Alabama say they've apprehended a suspect in Georgia after a sexual assault along Interstate 59.



Senator's health care law-Holocaust comparison criticized

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.



Education gets top billing on Capitol Hill

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

Lawmakers looking ahead to the November elections are putting renewed focus on education, tackling issues on Capitol Hill this week ranging from expanding charter schools to paying off student loan debt.



Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it.



MSNBC apologizes for Cinco de Mayo segment

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

MSNBC is apologizing for a Cinco de Mayo segment that featured a staff member onscreen wearing a sombrero, shaking maracas and taking a swig from a bottle of tequila.



Vatican: 848 priests defrocked since '04

Posted 5/7/2014 in National

The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.



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