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After 22 years, Leno gives 'Tonight' farewell

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Make way for Jimmy Fallon. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed "the greatest 22 years of my life."


Washington D.C. gridlock approaches a crossroads

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction.



DUI charge against mayor's son dismissed

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The DUI case against Robert Earl Smith Jr. has been dismissed.


MUW begins dorm improvements

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women residence halls are getting a facelift. The enhancements will begin at Callaway Hall this summer and hopefully be completed by fall, school officials said.

Request for full smoking ban tabled

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' partial smoking ban is officially under review after councilmen tabled a request to make it a comprehensive ban.

Miss. House members vote for teacher pay raise

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

Arguing that their option is the only politically viable route to a teacher pay raise this year, Republicans on Wednesday pushed through the Mississippi House their proposal to increase salaries by about $4,250 over four years.

Partnership turning attention toward lobbying

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is primed to take a more hands-on approach to public policy as the organization will develop a taskforce to compile local issues and lobby pro-business ideals that the organization will promote and advocate to city, county and state lawmakers.

Browning on Business: New burger option opens in Columbus

Posted 2/6/2014 in Business

JT's Burgers, Fries & Shakes opened Wednesday. The restaurant -- which specializes in burgers with never-frozen meat -- is located on Highway 45 North in the building that once housed Krystal.

Bear bile-extracting farms near collapse in South Korea

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They've been kept in these dirty pens since birth, bred for a single purpose: to be killed for their bile.


K-9 dog being sent back to company

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

The Gulfport Police Department has pink-slipped K-9 Fred.


Mysterious noises traced to rare 'frost quakes'

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home.


Parents of teen found in gym mat sue funeral home

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year at school inside a rolled-up gym mat have sued the funeral home that handled his body, saying its owner and his employees wrongfully disposed of their son's internal organs and replaced them with wadded newspaper.


Fact check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight.


Friends testify at Fla. theater shooting hearing

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Family and friends of a retired Tampa police captain accused of fatally shooting a man at a movie theater told a judge Wednesday that the former officer is an honorable, even-tempered man who should be released on bail.



Officials: N.Y. suspect had Hoffman's cell number

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

At least one of four people arrested during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.



Immigration ruled out this year

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.


Woman executed in Texas for 1998 torture killing

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.


States look to rein in government surveillance, strengthen privacy

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.



FAA to examine lightning vulnerability at airports

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned.



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