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Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

Posted 10/6/2012 in State

Someday, Entergy Corp. may own power plants in Jackson, Miss., and Malvern, Ark. But no one's sure when, or even if, the New Orleans-based utility will complete its $469 million purchase of two natural gas-fired plants from KGen Power Corp.

 

 

FBI: Strong signs border death was friendly fire

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security.

 

 

Phoning home again: 'E.T.' 30 years later

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

How old is too old to sob like a little girl at "E.T. -- the Extra-Terrestrial"? Not 40, apparently.

 

 

Waiting, worrying amid meningitis outbreak

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Patsy Bivins tossed and turned all night after finding out the steroid shot she received to ease her chronic back pain could instead threaten her life.

 

 

War on 21st-century Jim Crow

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Kemba Smith Pradia went to Tallahassee, Fla., last week to demand the right to vote.

 

 

KO'd in Denver

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

 

 

Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market.

 

 

Police: Cop impersonator demanded free fast food

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Authorities in Florida say a man flashed a fake gun and badge and demanded free fast food at a McDonald's drive-thru.

 

 

Obama, Romney mix humor into campaign

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Have you heard the one about the kid who thinks President Barack Obama's job is to "approve this message?" Or the time Mitt Romney compared another presidential run to giving birth?

 

 

Ga. Congressman calls evolution lie from 'pit of hell'

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

 

North Korean soldier defects to South Korea

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.

 

Israeli jets down drone that entered airspace

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

 

 

Jackson named interim principal at West Lowndes

Posted 10/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charles Jackson was named interim principal of West Lowndes High School Thursday during a special called board meeting at the Lowndes County School District's central office.

 

 

Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly contested Obama administration policy is poised to offer similar coverage.

 

 

CMSD Board approves additional P.E. hire

Posted 10/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Middle School will soon have a new physical education assistant, a position which came under much scrutiny during Thursday night's city school board meeting.

 

Seventh Ave. Festival honors unsung heroes

Posted 10/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival officially kicked off Thursday night with a reception in the penthouse of Court Square Towers. Several members of the community were recognized during an awards ceremony.

Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day.

 

After debate, Obama campaign signals 'adjustments'

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

His performance panned, President Barack Obama is changing his debate strategy against Republican Mitt Romney, aides conceding the president must find a crisper way to sell his agenda and counter his opponent without getting lost in the weeds.

 

 

Outbreak spotlights risks from custom-mixed drugs

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections. And now, at least five people dead and 35 sickened with fungal meningitis that has been linked to steroid shots for back pain.

 

 

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