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Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.

Catfish in the Alley featured in Garden & Gun

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a one-year hiatus, Catfish in the Alley will resume this spring with some very big publicity. Garden & Gun, a magazine of culture in the American South that reaches more than a million readers, has singled out the annual Columbus event in its current edition.

CVB approves project clearance reports

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors on Monday approved full second-half grant installments to Caledonia Days and the Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes.

Columbus schools see increase in drug-related incidents

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Drug incidents are up on five of nine city school campuses, including an elementary school, according to statistics recently released by the Columbus Municipal School District.

 

It's here: Winter storm hits state

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Thirty-six of Mississippi's 82 counties are under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Phil Bryant to speed response to a storm that's expected to bring snow and ice to central and southern parts of the state starting early this morning.

 

Camp, MSU Baseball honored with GSDP awards

Posted 1/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership honored Dan Camp, the former Starkville mayor who single-handedly transformed Starkville's most well-known neighborhoods into a widely praised New Urbanism development area, and other local business leaders for their service to community development on Monday.

 

Some states consider reviving old-fashioned executions

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

 

 

DeSoto teacher arrested in prostitution sting

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Authorities say a DeSoto County teacher and football coach is among 15 people arrested by Southaven police during an undercover sting for prostitution.

 

 

Lawmakers asked to decide tuition plan's fate

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

The board that runs Mississippi's prepaid college tuition program said Monday that it wants the Legislature to decide whether the state should reopen the plan to new enrollments or close it.

 

 

Higher death benefits for 1st responders proposed

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders will lobby lawmakers this week to increase the benefits for families of first responders who die in the line of duty.

 

 

Miss. debates limits on body scanners at prisons

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

For the past few months, Mississippi prison employees have had to walk through body scanners when they go to work to make sure they're not carrying drugs, weapons or other contraband items.

 

 

Fla. congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

After going through rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and pledging that he'd work through his problems to regain his Florida constituents' trust, Trey Radel's short career in Congress ended with a whimper Monday.

 

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in N.Y.

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.

Cochran to get marker on music trail

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

The late Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, is being honored today with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

 

U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Four dead in Itawamba Co. mobile home fire

Posted 1/28/2014 in Area

Four people are dead and four others hospitalized after an early morning mobile home fire in Itawamba County.

 

City schools hoping for 'industry education' grant

Posted 1/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is applying for a $7 million grant that would bring "industry education experiences" to local high school students.

Eminent domain issue should not delay CalStar project

Posted 1/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is pursuing eminent domain for a small tract near the CalStar site that a landowner will not sell at appraised value, but county attorney Tim Hudson and Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins don't expect the matter to delay construction.

 

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