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Columbus officials make infrastructure list public

Posted 6/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials have made a finalized list of infrastructure improvement projects public in advance of their meeting Tuesday, when councilmen will consider a $5 million bond issue to finance road, drainage and sidewalk deficiencies.


Carpenter fulfills civic duty as election commissioner

As candidates, issues and technology changed over the past decade in Oktibbeha County, Myles Carpenter remained a constant figure in local elections.


Columbus number one in state, 11th overall in economic ranking

Posted 6/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

POLICOM's latest annual economic strength rankings have Columbus just outside the top 10 micropolitan statistical areas in the United States.



Debate stirs over US-Taliban captive swap

Posted 6/2/2014 in National

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.



Columbus group's charter school application denied

Posted 6/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to reject a proposal that would have brought a charter school to Columbus next year.


NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

Posted 6/2/2014 in National

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

State to use its voter ID law

Posted 6/2/2014 in State

Mississippi on Tuesday will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression.


Miss. Senate race tops Tuesday's 8 primaries

Posted 6/2/2014 in State

Strange, unsavory twists in Mississippi's Senate Republican race are grabbing the most attention of Tuesday's primary elections in eight states.



Trial for suspect in roadside shooting Monday

Posted 6/2/2014 in State

The trial of James D. Willie, accused of fatally shooting of a Nebraska man along a North Mississippi highway in 2012, is scheduled to begin Monday in Panola County Circuit Court in Sardis.


Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker

Posted 6/2/2014 in National

Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it's unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders.

'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis died Sunday in Texas

Posted 6/2/2014 in National

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.


Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal

Posted 6/2/2014 in National

Details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans' health care system were released Sunday by its sponsor, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.



Suspect surrenders after Saturday shooting

Posted 5/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The suspect of a Saturday morning shooting has turned himself into authorities.


Circuit clerk hoping for strong election turnout

Posted 5/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office has trained 180 poll workers to staff the county's 22 voting precincts for Tuesday's primary election.

'Toofus' graffiti viewed both as iconic and nuisance

Posted 5/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a year a mysterious face has been appearing on spaces in the heart of downtown Columbus.

Storm shelter demand has spiked after recent tornadoes

Posted 5/31/2014 in Area

Before April 28, two suppliers of storm shelters reported an average of four to 10 orders for them a month in 2014. Each of them say since then, they've sold more than 100 and that it could be several months before they catch up with installing them.

Cochran keeps calm amid Senate race scandal

Posted 5/31/2014 in State

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is in the fight of his political life in a brutal, too-personal Republican primary that has drawn his bedridden wife into the melee and resulted in criminal charges against some of his opponent's supporters.

Proposed expansion would make Starkville Kroger third-largest in state

Posted 5/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed $16.5 million project could make Starkville's Kroger location the company's third-largest store in the state.


Man charged with stealing human skin from hospital

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

A medical company sales representative was charged with stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin over a period of several years.



Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.



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