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VA official concedes 'integrity issue,' apologizes

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans' waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays.



Police: Vegas cop killers had anti-government view

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.


Photographers hired to shoot everyday life

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.


Morgan crash fuels debate over tired truckers

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules.



City council holding special meeting Tuesday

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will hold a special call meeting Tuesday to discuss its capital improvements program.


Economic filings missing for mayor, two councilmen

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission's website shows each Columbus councilman has at least one missing statement of economic interest filing since 2009, while two submissions are missing for city mayor Robert Smith and city councilman Bill Gavin.

Hazard mitigation plan available for review

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has released a draft of a hazard mitigation plan that would make county and municipal governments eligible to receive federal money for projects to prevent damage from natural disasters.

Monday profile: From coon hunting to catfish

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the world of modern business, you often hear about the importance of networking and you see the evidence of it everywhere -- from corporate tents at big events to country club memberships to sky boxes at football stadiums. Columbus businessman James Basson has his own version of networking, albeit unorthodox.

GOP struggles to recruit black voters

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn't seeking romance. He was seeking voters.


Police: Tourist turned tables on would-be robber

Posted 6/9/2014 in State

New Orleans police say that when a would-be robber put a Mississippi tourist into a headlock, the man broke free, punched him and held him for police.



Hinds DA to investigate courthouse lock-in

Posted 6/9/2014 in State

The Hinds County District Attorney's office will investigate how a staffer for state Sen. Chris McDaniel's U.S. Senate campaign and two other McDaniel supporters got locked in the county courthouse after Tuesday's primary election.



Catholic leader seeks Irish probe into mass graves

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Ireland should investigate the Catholic Church's mistreatment and burial of babies who died decades ago in nun-operated homes for unmarried mothers, a senior church official declared Sunday as the country confronted another shameful chapter of its history of child abuse.



Senate dreams: Voting trends belie parties' hopes

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

With most of this year's Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado.



Emergency grant: Job help for tornado losses

Posted 6/9/2014 in State

A federal grant is helping workers who lost jobs because of the April 28 tornadoes -- and more can be hired.


5 dead in Las Vegas shooting

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Two police officers were "simply having lunch" at a strip mall pizza buffet in Las Vegas when a man and a woman fatally shot them at point-blank range, then fled to a nearby Walmart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

5 applicants for upcoming CL&W appointment

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

David Shelton's five-year term on the Columbus Light & Water Board of Directors expires at the end of this month. City councilmen will decide June 16 whether to re-appoint him or pick one of four other applicants to replace him.

Coroner: Man found downtown died of head trauma

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 32-year-old man found laying unconscious in an alley behind the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus last week died of blunt force trauma to the head, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Friday.

Pastor files suit against city over 2011 arrest

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local pastor arrested beside a Columbus street three years ago while taking part in a pro-life rally has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and one of its police officers.


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