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Motorists criticize federal study of drunk driving

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot.



Neglected child's father charged with murder in Tenn.

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

The father of a disabled girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores due to neglect has been charged with first-degree murder along with a home-health aide in what is being described as one of the worst child-neglect cases police have ever seen in Tennessee.



Vernon moving closer to deal for industry park

Posted 2/20/2014 in Area

The City of Vernon is a lease agreement away from finalizing a deal to bring the first tenant to the city's industrial park.



New Tupelo police station estimated at $8.8M

Posted 2/20/2014 in Area

The early design of Tupelo's new police headquarters shows a two-story facility with an $8.8 million price tag.



Woman pleads guilty to abusing, torturing her kids

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

A Moss Point woman has pleaded guilty to felony charges accusing her of abusing and torturing her three children.


Floor collapses at Miss. church center

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

Authorities say the second floor of an activity center at a Mississippi church collapsed during a youth service, sending about 70 people tumbling and injuring 35 of them.


Miss. governor to lawmakers: Fund trooper school

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants lawmakers to set aside money to train a new group of state troopers -- and if they don't do it, he'll call them into a special session to force more discussion about the issue.



Democrats push for Mississippi state employee raises

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.



WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

Posted 2/20/2014 in Business

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.



Marriages and divorces 2-20-14

Posted 2/20/2014 in Business



Taliban say they discussed prisoner swap with U.S.

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Washington has held indirect talks with the Taliban over the possible transfer of five senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a U.S. soldier captured nearly five years ago, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press.



'Mockingbird' author Lee settles lawsuit

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show.



Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.


Ice falling from high-rises creates winter hazard

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

Ukraine: At least 18 dead as truce collapses

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Fierce clashes between police and protesters -- some including gunfire -- shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing at least 19 people.


Starkville teen pleads guilty on murder charge

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Ronagal Lamar Outlaw pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 23-year-old Trumaine Macon at the CrossRoads Lounge in west Lowndes County last February.



Sales tax slightly down, still on pace to eclipse FY '13 total

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus sales tax disbursements are down slightly this month compared to February 2013.



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