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Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem

Posted 5/12/2015 in State

Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head.


Subway employee fired for posts celebrating police deaths

Posted 5/12/2015 in State

A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg.


Baptist Memorial gets A from hospital-scoring group

Posted 5/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle received an 'A' patient safety rating in the Spring 2015 Safety Score by Leapfrog Group.

Photo: Fresh-squeezed lemonade

Posted 5/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Blake Casano, 7, left, and her friend, Mary Kate Broocks, 7, watch as Elizabeth Casano, right, squeezes lemons to make lemonade at the Hitching Lot Farmers Market on Saturday.

West Lowndes offers students interview experience

Posted 5/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sharply dressed young men and women moved from table to table. They shook hands, sat down and presented their resumes.

Supe candidates weigh-in on bond issue

Posted 5/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will go to the polls Tuesday to vote for or against a proposed $44 million bond issue for capital improvements throughout the district.

Hattiesburg mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

Posted 5/11/2015 in State

With lowered flags and prayers, Hattiesburg is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance today.


Enrollment in state pre-K inches up but disparities remain

Posted 5/11/2015 in National

Enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs inched up slightly last year, but there's been little change in the overall percentage of children participating in the programs, according to a national study on early education released Monday.


Family of Lowndes teen, killed at railroad crossing, pushes for safety measures

Posted 5/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Teen-aged girls can be persistent. Sometimes, fathers can be, too.

Results are in: Of 760 third graders, 99 fail reading test

Posted 5/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 69 Columbus third graders are facing the possibility of being held back after the state Department of Education released the passing requirements for the first statewide reading test Friday.

Parks advisory board cancels meeting after city fails to notice

Call it a practice run: Starkville's seven-member park advisory board canceled its Friday meeting after members learned city staff did not properly notice the gathering according to the Open Meetings Act.

Nusz encourages MSU grads to listen, discern and follow passions

Mississippi State University graduates heard from a fellow Bulldog who returned to his alma mater to share lessons learned from his own path to success.

Columbus shooting range holds grand opening

Posted 5/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gov. Phil Bryant couldn't have asked for a better Friday.

Taylor to grads: 'You can make a difference in the world'

Posted 5/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Doris Taylor told Mississippi University for Women graduates Saturday learning should not stop once they complete their degrees.

Mother's Day Tea held for girls without moms

Posted 5/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This weekend, children all over the country will celebrate their mothers by sending her a card, making her a gift or just spending extra time with her.


FAA picks Mississippi State to lead unmanned aircraft center

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that Mississippi State University will lead a team of 13 universities in running a new national center to research unmanned aerial vehicles.



Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations

Posted 5/9/2015 in National

A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.



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