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Keith named interim MSU engineering dean

Mississippi State University formally named Swalm School of Chemical Engineering Director Jason Keith as the Bagley College of Engineering's dean Thursday.

Mom accused of driving into surf goes before judge

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

A pregnant South Carolina woman pointed to the ocean, locked the doors and rolled up the windows, telling her three children she was "trying to take them to a better place" as she drove her minivan into the surf, authorities said.


For Obama, a last stab at improving ties with Hill

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

In late December, President Barack Obama's new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.


Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.


Officer says general sexually assaulted her

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Defense lawyers for an Army general facing sexual assault charges say his accuser's testimony gave them plenty to challenge as they prepare to cross-examine her on Monday.



Tea party challengers struggle for votes

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.


Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.

Bachmann blasts Clinton at summit

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton "has a lot to explain" should she run for president, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, the final day of its annual meeting.


At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Singer Courtney Love hadn't been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the Supreme Court in 1964.


Good Samaritan clinic helps Lowndes County residents

Posted 3/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Good Samaritan Clinic in Columbus on Main Street gives medical care to those in the community who would not be able to afford it otherwise. Kathy Tentoni, executive director for the clinic, spoke to the Exchange Club at Lion Hills Country Club on Thursday to explain who the clinic helps.

Columbus man accused of molestation

Posted 3/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge Thursday ordered a Columbus man to not be around females under the age of 18 after the man was arrested and charged with molestation of a child.

Clay Co. supes to try night meetings

Posted 3/7/2014 in Area

For the next five months, Clay County supervisors will hold their last board meetings of the month in the afternoon instead of in the morning.

Auto burglary suspect arrested after foot chase

Starkville Police Department charged 24-year-old Justin Yhonquea with two counts of auto burglary after he led officers on a brief foot chase Wednesday.

Mother, daughter charged with crack possession

A Houston mother and daughter were arrested during a routine traffic stop in Starkville Thursday on multiple drug-related charges.

Senate passes amended Zacharias road bill

A highway designation honoring former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias took another step toward fruition Thursday after the Senate passed an amended bill that will rename a portion of Miss. Highway 25 after the late university leader.

Casting Jesus: Did he really look like Brad Pitt?

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can't be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.

Baptist wins statewide award

Posted 3/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been named "Hospital of the Year" by the Mississippi Nurses Association.

Miss. Senate OKs version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

The Mississippi Senate on Thursday advanced a bill that supporters say is designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.


Timbercove neighborhood closing in on C Spire fiber qualification

Today, Starkville's Timber Cove/College Station/Polos neighborhood could become the city's second area eligible for C Spire's upcoming high-speed, residential Internet service.


Case of burned Texas boy problematic

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Now that prosecutors have persuaded a judge that a Texas man accused of setting an 8-year-old boy on fire as a teenager can be tried as an adult for murder, securing a conviction in a case where the victim died 13 years after the attack could prove difficult, legal experts say.


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