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State timber business slowly rebounding

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products.

 

 

Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has earned a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

 

 

Ripley Mayor Kerry Hill dies

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

RIPLEY -- The body of Ripley Mayor Kerry W. Hill was found Tuesday at his residence. He was 75.

 

 

Barbour reflects as term ends

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the response to Hurricane Katrina shaped his legacy, and the 2005 storm boosted the state's image because outsiders saw Mississippians' willingness to work hard and help their neighbors.

 

 

Suspect arrested in Marshall County slaying

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

HOLLY SPRINGS -- One suspect has been arrested in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting that left a 16-year-old Memphis girl dead.

 

 

Christmas capers, murder remain unsolved in West Point

Posted 12/28/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- The latest in a string of Christmas gift burglaries has West Point police close to making an arrest.

 

 

Maben man charged in nightclub attack

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Maben man was arrested Dec. 25 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an altercation at an Oktibbeha County nightclub.

 

 

Starkville police investigate burglaries

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville police are searching for suspects in three vending-machine burglaries on Industrial Park Road. Between Dec. 23-26, change was stolen from vending machines at MMC Materials, MFJ Enterprises and AT&T's work center. Two vending machines were burglarized and MMC and MFJ.

 

 

Sears announces store closures

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday plans to close 100 to 120 stores after 2011 losses. However, the status of individual stores is still unknown. Sears includes Kmart stores and the Lands' End brand.

 

Saying goodbye to the queen of police vehicles

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fred Shelton was heading into Alabama in hot pursuit of a suspect. "We had good sights on the suspect vehicle," said Shelton, a captain with the Columbus Police Department.

 

AP survey: Economy to pick up but still vulnerable

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 -- if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

 

 

Attorney: Suspect in soldier shooting was attacked

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney says the man jailed in the critical wounding of an Afghanistan war veteran at a California homecoming party was being attacked and was on the ground when the shooting took place.

 

 

Alabama woman to discontinue tornado Facebook site

Posted 12/27/2011 in Area

ATLANTA -- In the weeks and months after tornadoes tore through homes across the South, pictures and documents rained on yards hundreds of miles away.

 

 

Woman accused of abandoning dogs

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

LAUREL -- A 64-year-old Jones County woman accused of abandoning more than 20 dogs in a home without proper care has surrendered to authorities.

 

 

100-year party just half over at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

PERKINSTON -- Homecoming festivities are over but Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is far from done celebrating its centennial anniversary.

 

 

Waller among politicians who died in '11

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

JACKSON -- At the funeral for former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., the state's current Supreme Court chief justice, Bill Waller Jr., said his father would be remembered for his "big presence in the legal community, in government and politics."

 

 

Pascagoula officials urge Mississippi law change

Posted 12/27/2011 in State

PASCAGOULA -- Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

 

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