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Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at U.S. envoy

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.

 

Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

 

 

City skirts Open Meetings laws to discuss Trotter

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the third time in a month, Columbus mayor Robert Smith and city council members have met in non-quorum meetings to discuss matters involving taxpayers funds.

 

Sanders talks upcoming, finished projects

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders is eager for the Riverwalk expansion to begin.

Lowndes schools administrator files discrimination suit

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former West Lowndes High School interim principal is suing the Lowndes County School District for racial discrimination.

Former city employee arrested, again

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than a month after being arrested for charges relating to identity theft, a former city employee has been arrested again.

City will be its own contractor for Trotter

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction bids for a Trotter Convention Center renovation were double the project's budget, so the city of Columbus will be its own contractor.

Police Dept. opening first substation facility today

Posted 2/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department will formally open its first police substation at 2 p.m. today at 151 Alfred Perkins St.

Senate amendment guts House school merger bill

Posted 2/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Senate Education Committee struck the House's Starkville-Oktibbeha school merger bill, HB 833, Thursday, replacing it with its own language reiterating Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley's guidance in 2015's state-mandated unification.

 

How Corporate America forced Arizona bill's veto

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

 

 

Senate blocks Dems' bill boosting vets' benefits

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.

 

 

Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager -- and left with about $100 in cash from the register.

 

 

NBC says thousands of illegal videos stopped

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

NBC said it worked with Olympic officials to stop some 45,000 instances of illegally posted video or pirate streams that surfaced to show competition during the Sochi games.

 

 

White House to host first student film festival

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Two days before attention shifts to the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House is trying to create a little buzz for America's future filmmakers.

 

 

Married man becomes Maronite Catholic priest in U.S.

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.

 

Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males.

Egyptian army's 'AIDS detector' instead finds ridicule

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

gypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure AIDS, hepatitis and other viruses.

LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins picks up TVA honor

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Tennessee Valley Authority is honoring Joe Max Higgins Jr., CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, with a rare distinction -- the Mega Developer Award.

 

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