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Authorities: Missing person case now suspected homicide

Posted 7/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department now believe a New Hope man reported missing on July 13 may be a homicide victim.


Browning on Business: Columbus getting a re-sale store

Posted 7/23/2015 in Business

A re-sale store is opening in Columbus this fall.

Authorities mum on New Hope probe

Posted 7/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What is being described by authorities as a "missing person case" had both local and state law enforcement agencies searching a wooded area in New Hope until midnight Wednesday.

Columbus planning for amphitheater

Posted 7/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is moving on to the design and planning phase for the Sen. Terry Brown Amphitheater, which will be located on The Island, across from the pedestrian bridge near The Riverwalk.

Chamber launches first magazine

Posted 7/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of its first edition of "Columbus: Discover a New World" at a Wednesday luncheon.

Unemployment stats hold steady over last month

Posted 7/23/2015 in Area

While the unemployment rate in the Golden Triangle remained relatively unchanged over the past month, a look at the jobless picture a year ago shows reason for optimism.


Neel-Schaffer named Cornerstone improvements engineer

Posted 7/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Engineering and planning firm Neel-Schaffer Inc. will handle an upcoming public infrastructure improvement project associated with DPM Fragrance's $5 million expansion project at Cornerstone Park, supervisors announced Tuesday.


Engineer: Developers eyeing new housing project in east Oktibbeha

Posted 7/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

County Engineer Clyde Pritchard told supervisors Tuesday he is in communication with a developer looking to build a new student housing project near Mississippi State University in the eastern portion of the county.


Blackface performer plans fundraiser for indicted officers

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.


Black state official 'overwhelmed' by viral photo response

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.

Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.


Building permits 7-23-15

Posted 7/23/2015 in Business



USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.



Utility wants credits as default option for Kemper refunds

Posted 7/23/2015 in State

Mississippi Power Co. is telling regulators that the company wants bill credits to be the default option when refunding the $350 million the company collected from customers for its Kemper County power plant.



Watchdog: IRS at risk for unfairly auditing political groups

Posted 7/23/2015 in Business

Lax oversight at the IRS increases the risk that political and religious groups could be unfairly targeted for audits, government investigators say in a report that raises concerns about an IRS division that has been under scrutiny for singling out conservative organizations.



Trump's border trip comes as GOP tries to woo Hispanics

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border promises new challenges for the GOP's years-in-the-making push to attract Hispanic voters.



Video rekindles debate about police treatment of blacks

Posted 7/23/2015 in National

When Sandra Bland refused to put out her cigarette, the police officer opened her car door and tried dragging her out of the vehicle.



Official: Man detained by police was breathing, kicking

Posted 7/23/2015 in State

A Tennessee man who died after witnesses say was he hog-tied face-down on a stretcher was at the hospital for an hour and a half before his death and was "breathing fine" and "kicking and screaming" during that time, a prosecutor said Wednesday.



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