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Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

 

U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

 

 

City Council holds hearing, sets FY 2014-15 millage

Posted 9/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen adopted a millage rate of 107.08 for the city and school district effective Oct. 1 after holding a public hearing Thursday on its proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

 

 

Navistar nabs $38M contract to upgrade Army fleet

Posted 9/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than a year of being idle, the Navistar Defense assembly plant in West Point will be up and running again early next year.

 

No fine after collapse of downtown wall

Posted 9/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus will not fine a downtown property owner after a wall under construction fell inside the structure a month ago. On Aug. 4, the rear wall at 421 Main St. collapsed, injuring Ann Davis, the building's owner.

Longtime Golden Triangle political leader dies at 64

Posted 9/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terry Brown, a Columbus native whose hearty and affable laugh echoed off state capitol walls in Jackson for nearly three decades, has died. He was 64.

 

Mississippi, W.Va. top nation in adult obesity

Posted 9/5/2014 in State

West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest rates of adult obesity in the nation, according to a report released Thursday.

 

Little tests water with minimum design standards

Ward 3 Alderman David Little's attempt to set basic design standards for metal buildings in Starkville could find traction in future discussions after few public comments against the proposal emerged Tuesday.

Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.

 

Costs rise by another $30M at Kemper

Posted 9/5/2014 in State

Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $30 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost to nearly $5.6 billion.

 

 

Childers wants debates, Cochran noncommittal

Posted 9/5/2014 in State

Mississippi voters deserve to hear U.S. Senate candidates debate issues such as the minimum wage and the availability of health care, the Democratic nominee said Thursday.

 

 

MSU students on dig site fled ground war in Israel

A routine archaeological dig in Israel this summer put a group of Mississippi State University students and faculty members in the middle of a conflict that escalated into a full-scale war.

 

MSU building 'car of the future'

Driven to lead in vehicle performance and energy efficiency, Mississippi State University engineers are steering development of the "Car of the Future."

 

Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

 

 

Miscommunication blamed for deadly U.S. mistake

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report.

 

More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.

 

States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.

 

 

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack.

 

 

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

 

 

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