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Across US, over 130 prison escapees on the loose

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.


Lawyer: Man shocked by wife's role in prison escape plot

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

A woman charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from prison told her husband that when she backed out of a plan to be the getaway driver the inmates threatened his life, the husband's lawyer said.


Photo: Bomb threat at Rite Aid

Posted 6/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Employees and customers evacuated the Rite Aid on Highway 45 North in Columbus on Thursday afternoon following a report of a possible bomb threat, according to the Columbus Police Department.


US agrees to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.



Baptist Golden Triangle names new directors, nurse manager

Posted 6/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the last month, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has hired a new ambulance director, a new director or respiratory care and a new nurse manager, according to a press release from the hospital.



Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble.



For cigarette smuggler, a perilous life under Islamic State

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

It was a heart-racing moment. The cigarette smuggler was stuck in line at a checkpoint as, up ahead, Islamic State militants were searching cars.



Which woman should appear on $10 bill? Lew will weigh ideas

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks?


Photo: Highway 12 wreck

Posted 6/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An accident on Highway 12 just outside Columbus sent two drivers to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

MUW's desegregation focus of project

Posted 6/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three years ago, a professor at Mississippi University of Women was prompted by a student's capstone to look into the history of desegregation at the university. She was surprised by what she found -- nothing.


Write-in candidates eligible in District 41

Posted 6/18/2015 in Area

Write-in candidates are eligible for election in the Democratic primary for District 41 representative, and that has opened the possibility of formalized write-in campaigns for the seat.


Proposed special needs class in West Point raising money

Posted 6/18/2015 in Area

Last fall, then 4-year-old Nora Molina stood atop a slide in West Point and looked down.

Browning on Business: Retail development planned for Columbus

Posted 6/18/2015 in Business

In Columbus, near where Waverly Ferry Road meets Highway 45 North, in the open area behind Motel 6 and Days Inn, there are plans for new retail development.


W uses real-world stories, YouTube to train middle school teachers

Posted 6/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty middle school mathematics teachers have gathered to help students prepare for the future at the College and Career Readiness Mathematics Institute on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.


Man faces 3 counts of sexual battery involving a juvenile

Posted 6/18/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department charged a 20-year-old resident with three counts of sexual battery involving a juvenile after receiving a report earlier this month.


Officials want improved siren maintenance

Posted 6/18/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 3 resident Bill Daniel says he hasn't heard the wail of his neighborhood's tornado siren in a long time.



Prosecutor: Worker discussed having convicts kill husband

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

Authorities said a woman who provided hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools to two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison discussed having them kill her husband.



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