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Execution renews debate on doctors' role

Posted 5/3/2014 in National

A botched lethal injection in Oklahoma this week has renewed a debate on whether doctors should be banned from executions -- or required to participate to make the process more humane.



Lawmakers say they won't abandon death penalty

Posted 5/3/2014 in National

A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.



Starkville officials interested in annexation study

A proposed board motion would enter the city into negotiations with Oxford-based planning firm Slaughter and Associates for preliminary assessments.



Aldermen expected to discuss hearings on relaxing Starkville alcohol laws

Starkville aldermen are expected to discuss scheduling public hearings on lowering the city's alcohol sales restrictions Tuesday, a move that could allow on-premises sales and consumption to more business parcels.


Photo: Contemplating careers

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barry Crump, a senior at West Lowndes High School, ponders a question during a mock interview event on Thursday.

Iran mother recalls act of mercy for son's killer

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Her son's killer stood on a chair on the gallows, his hands shackled, the noose around his neck. Hundreds crowded outside the jailhouse in a northern Iranian town to see if the mother, Samereh Alinejad, would exercise her right to kick the chair out from under him to let him hang.

High court won't hear two school lawsuits

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court will let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the firings of Lynn Wright and Stacey Hester by the Lowndes County School Board.

Apartment manager faces additional embezzlement charges

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The former manager of a Columbus apartment complex has been arrested and charged with embezzlement for the second time in two months.

Bidder steps up to buy Sanderson Plumbing

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Woodflour Corporation of Chicago has made a $2.75 million offer to purchase the Columbus company that began manufacturing toilet seats on Tuffy Lane Road in 1940.

Arrest report: 5-2-14

Posted 5/2/2014 in Area


Body of Louisville boy missing from tornado found

Posted 5/2/2014 in Area

After searching for part of four days, searchers found the body Thursday of an 8-year-old boy killed in one of the tornadoes that tore through Mississippi earlier in the week.



High school senior class prank leads to 62 arrests

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank, urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.



61,494 in Miss. enroll in health exchange

Posted 5/2/2014 in State

New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible.



Gov. Bryant signs final bills from session

Posted 5/2/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed more than 100 bills that fund state government and assorted other proposals that passed during the final days of the 2014 legislative session in early April.



Court system seeks computer upgrades in FY 2014 budget

Aldermen signaled their support Thursday for a small budget request to finish a two-year computer upgrade process for the Starkville Municipal Court system but said a project to digitize court and city clerk records would have to wait until funding becomes available.



L.A. NAACP head resigns over move to honor Sterling

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned Thursday, following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.


Nevada rancher's neighbors weary of attention

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

American flags flap in the wind on the two-lane state highway to Cliven Bundy's ranch. Along the roadside, self-described militia members in camouflage who came to defend him from the federal government lounge and smoke, loaded pistols on their hips.

Anheuser-Busch trial highlights gender bias

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion, intentional slights and outright discrimination.


55 colleges face federal sex assault investigation

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they're cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking.



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