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Sundance documentary 'The Invisible War' examines rape in US military, lack of prosecution

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

PARK CITY, Utah -- The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 military men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow troops in 2010 while serving in the United States armed forces. At least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men -- an estimated 500,000 troops -- have experienced sexual trauma while serving.

 

 

Council finds a growing number of states move to weaken teacher tenure

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire teachers who aren't performing. A few states have essentially nullified tenure protections altogether, according to an analysis being released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

 

 

Convicted Marine apologizes to Iraqi civilians

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- When Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich finally spoke in court, he did not address the judge but instead directed his words at the Iraqi family members who survived his squad's attacks in 2005 that left 24 unarmed civilians dead.

 

 

Obama speech echoes in town with failed factory

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

MOBERLY, Mo. -- After 19 years running state unemployment offices across northern Missouri, Steve Moore can rattle off the names of shuttered factories in this old railroad town with ease.

 

 

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.

 

 

Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.

 

 

Federal judge, W. Allen Pepper Jr. dies

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.

 

 

Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:

 

 

Bryant unveils policy details in State of State

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."

 

 

December state jobless rate dips to 10.4 percent

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.

 

 

Columbus police arrest accused laundromat burglar

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested the man accused of burglarizing Watkins Washette on Saturday and stealing a load of laundry in addition to cash from arcade games.

 

 

Search continues for convicted sex offender

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. marshals and Lowndes County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a convicted sex offender this week. Jesse Steven Shelton, 41, was convicted in 1999 of attempted sodomy in the first degree.

 

 

Deputies make arrests in home burglaries

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Monday -- including two juveniles -- in connection with two unrelated home burglaries. Jeremy Marc Adams, 29, of 8061 Highway 12 E. No. 9, was charged Monday afternoon in connection with a home burglary on Woodlawn Drive.

 

 

Tempers continue to simmer, boil over at CVB meetings

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Does not get along well with others" seems to be routine at Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meetings. The show was on again Monday evening as board members accused, yelled and generally disagreed among themselves and with others.

 

New dealer selling Chrysler; former dealer charging rent

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The general manager of Columbus' new and only Chrysler dealership is glad to add the last line of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram family to the business. The owner of Columbus' former Chrysler dealership said he is doing well without the line but is still charging the automaker rent for the sign on his property.

Class to show how disability can become ability

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sometimes, she has trouble finding a parking spot. Other times, she can't quite grab what she's reaching for. To an able-bodied person, these moments are nothing more than a slight inconvenience.

Harris Road bridge closes for repairs

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those driving over the bridge on Harris Road in the Sessums community will have to take a detour as work starts on repairing faulty supports.

 

Marine denies firing at Iraqi women and children

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.

 

 

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