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Mayor, city employee raises rescinded

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will not get a raise and neither will any other city employee.

Father of parking lot shooting victim speaks out

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman is in jail following an early morning shooting death Sunday, and the victim's father -- an Alabama police chief -- is left picking up the pieces. Brittney Foster, 28, was gunned down early Sunday in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, where she worked.

Unity Park recommendations find support

Posted 8/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A plan to renovate Unity Park into a more pedestrian-friendly green space found support from Oktibbeha County supervisors Monday, but the board stopped short of pledging financial support or in-kind services, instead opting to send the proposal back to committee for formal cost estimates.

 

No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent's benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services.

 

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

 

Teen births down in Miss., other states

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said for years that one of his top goals is reducing Mississippi's teenage pregnancy rate, long one of the highest in the nation. Now, he says his administration deserves credit for chipping away at the problem.

 

 

Plane crash survivor arrested on drug charges

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

What began as a plane crash has turned into a drug investigation after Stone County officials found thousands in cash and numerous bottles of prescription pills in the wreckage.

 

Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

State-of-the-art solar plants ignite birds in mid-air

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

 

Woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face.

 

 

Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

 

 

Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in November and the former secretary of state considers a campaign of her own in 2016.

 

 

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.

 

 

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.

 

 

Pope Francis OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community -- and not just one country -- should decide how to intervene.

 

New leadership at local Boys and Girls clubs

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local branches of the Boys and Girls Club are shaking things up. Former Columbus Unit Director Antoine Walker recently transferred to the Starkville location while former volunteer and club coordinator Brittany Houston was promoted to head up the Columbus site.

Trotter renovation will be 'good swan song' for long-time director

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frank Goodman was hired to oversee Trotter Convention Center six months before construction work on the facility was completed in 1987. Trotter was created through a renovation and conversion of the old National Guard Armory and city auditorium. That was the last time he got to see a major renovation of the building until this year.

Columbus, Starkville ranked among state's most exciting cities

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kim Bennett believes Columbus citizens have to invest in downtown for themselves. That's why she and her husband, Dr. Dan Bennett, bought the building at 513 Main St. The Bennetts are putting in a new business, "The Southern: A Social Venue."

 

Hamilton chemical plant death ruled drowning

Posted 8/18/2014 in Area

The Thursday morning death of a Brooksville man at a local chemical plant has been ruled a drowning.

 

 

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