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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general vs. gay friend

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today.



Primaries offer 1st major test of voter ID

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.



Man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.


Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at U.S. envoy

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.


Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.



City skirts Open Meetings laws to discuss Trotter

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the third time in a month, Columbus mayor Robert Smith and city council members have met in non-quorum meetings to discuss matters involving taxpayers funds.


Sanders talks upcoming, finished projects

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders is eager for the Riverwalk expansion to begin.

Lowndes schools administrator files discrimination suit

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former West Lowndes High School interim principal is suing the Lowndes County School District for racial discrimination.

Former city employee arrested, again

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than a month after being arrested for charges relating to identity theft, a former city employee has been arrested again.

City will be its own contractor for Trotter

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction bids for a Trotter Convention Center renovation were double the project's budget, so the city of Columbus will be its own contractor.

Police Dept. opening first substation facility today

Posted 2/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department will formally open its first police substation at 2 p.m. today at 151 Alfred Perkins St.

Senate amendment guts House school merger bill

Posted 2/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Senate Education Committee struck the House's Starkville-Oktibbeha school merger bill, HB 833, Thursday, replacing it with its own language reiterating Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley's guidance in 2015's state-mandated unification.


How Corporate America forced Arizona bill's veto

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.



Senate blocks Dems' bill boosting vets' benefits

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.


LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins picks up TVA honor

Posted 2/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Tennessee Valley Authority is honoring Joe Max Higgins Jr., CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, with a rare distinction -- the Mega Developer Award.


Date set for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's funeral

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

According to Willis and Sons Funeral Home, funeral services for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m.



Changes proposed to Miss. religious practices bill

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel is proposing changes that might neutralize concerns about whether a religious-freedom bill could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups.



Black Miss. lawmakers seek to block voter ID law

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to block the state's plan to start using a voter identification law.



Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager -- and left with about $100 in cash from the register.



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