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Army troop cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts.



No Child revision barely passes House, goes next to Senate

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The focus is on the Senate as it considers a rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, a day after the House narrowly passed a Republican-led measure that dramatically lessens the federal role in education policy.


Tuition bumped up at EMCC

Posted 7/8/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuition at East Mississippi Community College is going up.

Easley leaves Lowndes Co. circuit clerk race

Posted 7/8/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the eight people vying to become Lowndes County's next circuit clerk is bowing out of the race.

Caledonia man appeals conviction in wife's death

Posted 7/8/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia man is seeking a new trial for the 2008 fatal shooting of his wife, an incident his attorneys call a "horribly tragic accident" but undeserving of a murder conviction and life sentence.

14th Ave project at finish line

Posted 7/8/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What to do with remaining funds was the point of discussion at Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting after the council closed the books on one project and awarded the bid for the final phase of another.


Oktibbeha's volunteer fire departments benefiting from grants

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran made an announcement Monday that Oktibbeha County firefighters have heard numerous times before: Federal grant money will help the volunteer fire department purchase needed equipment.



Starkville aldermen effectively fire mayor's assistant

Chanteau Wilson, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman's administrative assistant, became the third person to be effectively fired by the board of aldermen this term.



New US Rep. Kelly keeps most of his predecessor's staff

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's newest member of Congress is renting a tiny apartment in Washington and has hired most of his predecessor's staff.



O'Malley to lay out plan for debt-free college

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Democrat Martin O'Malley is calling the high cost of college a "crisis" as he lays out a goal of debt-free tuition for all students at public colleges and universities within five years if elected president.



Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday.



Miss. charter board rejects Natchez school plan

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's charter school agency rejected a Natchez charter school proposal Tuesday but voted to advance plans for two schools in Jackson proposed by RePublic Schools and could approve them in September.



Budget writer: Cuts possible if education measure passes

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

A top Mississippi budget writer is telling leaders of most state agencies to plan how they would cut spending in case voters approve a school funding initiative in November.



Mississippi joins states suing over new EPA water rule

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi has joined in a lawsuit challenging a rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.



AP Source: US agent's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

A law enforcement official says the weapon used in the shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent -- the latest twist in a case that has become a flashpoint in the country's debate over immigration.



New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Confederate flag's fate in hands of South Carolina House

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The Confederate flag that flies at the South Carolina Capitol could soon be making its last stand.


Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300K over a decade

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.



Groups call for Hindu, vegan displays at Arkansas Capitol

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The Arkansas Capitol lawn could soon get crowded: Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, fallen firefighters and the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School might be joined shortly by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.



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