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Lawmakers enter final days of budget writing

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year.



Governor signs welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a welfare drug-testing bill on Monday, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash.


Community copes with deadly mudslide

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

First there was a "whoosh." Elaine Young said she thought it might be a chimney fire, a rush of air that lasted about 45 seconds. But when she stepped outside there was ominous silence. Something felt very, very wrong.

Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Va. base

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the lone suspect late Monday, according to the Navy.


Race is on to find airliner's black boxes

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

Time is running out to find the crucial keys that could solve the mystery of how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down.


China demands satellite data from flight

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

China demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines jetliner had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing everyone on board, as gale-force winds and heavy rain on Tuesday halted the search for remains of the plane.

Malaysian PM: Flight 370 crashed into Indian Ocean

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.

'Mayor's Walk' to begin in April

Posted 3/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is encouraging citizens to join him at the Riverwalk for the first annual Mayor's Walk.

CL&W goes forward with meter contractor

Posted 3/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Installation of a new, $3.5 million water meter system will soon begin. Columbus Light and Water's Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to approve a contract with Utility Management Solutions to install the new mobile system.

Power restored to most businesses after fire

Posted 3/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A blown transformer behind the Trotter Convention Center caused a minor fire Saturday and shut down power to several businesses on Fifth Street.

Restaurant Week tallies record number of ballots

Posted 3/24/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

More visitors cast ballots in Starkville Restaurant Week in five days this year than 2013's entire week, and organizers say they expect weekend baseball crowds to set a high benchmark for future competitions.


Inmates attempt to sneak drugs into jail

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Two Alcorn County regional jail inmates are being returned to the state penitentiary in Parchman after attempting to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Corinth facility.



Miss. court denies extra compensation to ex-inmate

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi says Frank Sanders Tipton is due $41,097 for the 300 days he was wrongfully incarcerated in prison.



Man shot while fishing in Rankin Co.

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

A man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot multiple times while fishing with his three sons.



Combs endorses Canton union push

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Sean "Diddy" Combs is adding his support those seeking a union at Nissan Motor Co. Combs endorsed the effort by video at a free pro-union concert by rapper Common Friday night at Jackson State University.



Health law birth control coverage before justices

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.


'Significant' oil spill closes Texas channel

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

No 'signs of life' after huge landslide

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state.


Mississippi legislative voting often confusing

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each year. While most votes are straightforward, House and Senate operating rules can make it difficult for spectators -- or even new lawmakers -- to understand what's happening when legislation passes or fails.



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