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Soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

 

 

Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.

 

 

Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit.

 

Plants pitch in with city for 15th Street repairs

Posted 5/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An overhaul of infrastructure upgrades on a portion of 15th Street South that primarily serves traffic to three Columbus plants is ongoing and will be completed this summer.

Trotter renovations under budget

Posted 5/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bids for four components of the Trotter Convention Center renovation project will be opened Tuesday, while bids that have already been awarded are running under estimated costs, project officials say.

Storm recovery continues in Lowndes

Posted 5/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A month after a series of tornadoes cut a swath through Lowndes County, officials are encouraged by the progress made toward recovery.

Doctor walking from Columbus to Macon for dialysis patients affected by tornado

Posted 5/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A kidney doctor will walk from Columbus to Macon on Saturday in an effort to raise money for Louisville dialysis patients affected by the tornadoes that struck Mississippi late last month.

Restaurant Week pushes 2 percent taxes into record territory

Posted 5/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville set a new March record for 2 percent food and beverage tax receipts as it reported about $8,300 more this year than it did last year, an improvement tourism officials say was driven by the success of the city's second annual Restaurant Week.

 

Village protests rape, killings of Indian sisters

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

 

Challenger to longtime GOP senator gets a boost

Posted 5/30/2014 in State

The Mississippi state lawmaker who is challenging longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is picking up help from some high-profile conservative darlings just in time for next week's primary.

 

Man accused of taking youth program food

Posted 5/30/2014 in State

A dining hall manager has been arrested and accused of stealing steaks, seafood and other edibles that belonged to the Mississippi National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy, authorities said Thursday.

 

 

41 charged in scam involving dead deer

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

 

Police knew but didn't view Elliot Rodger videos

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Law officers who visited Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn't watch them, and they didn't know about his final video detailing his "Day of Retribution" until after the deadly rampage, officials said.

 

Grieving father takes center stage in gun control debate

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Richard Martinez says he never set out to be a face of the gun-control movement and has no interest in taking deer rifles and shotguns from the hands of hunters. After all, he used to be one.

 

 

Judge orders return of cash seized during traffic stop

Posted 5/30/2014 in State

A Pike County judge has ordered the Magnolia Police Department to return $16,702 in cash seized from a man arrested on misdemeanor charges at a traffic stop.

 

 

Pakistan: Slain woman's husband killed first wife

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

The husband of a woman stoned to death in Pakistan killed his first wife four years ago, police and relatives said Thursday, a shocking twist both showing how complicated justice can be and how dangerous life is for women in the country.

 

 

Adams Co. industrial land not locked down

Posted 5/30/2014 in State

Even though the former Belwood Country Club property is under contract to KiOR, county officials say the valuable industrial property isn't necessarily locked down to the financially struggling alternative fuels producer.

 

 

Abortion doctors restrictions take root

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

 

 

Guard in hot cell death has record of leaving post

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

A jail guard investigators say left her post without permission as an inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell had been disciplined four years earlier for a similar infraction, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

 

A 1st in 52 years: Co-champs at the Spelling Bee

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both were champions, a Spelling Bee finish unseen in more than half a century.

 

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