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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.



AP sources: Concerns over easing transgender ban in military

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.



'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.


Vandals target New Hope preschool

Posted 3/24/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tomorrow's Pride Early Learning Center has called Tabernacle Road in New Hope home for 22 years, and, for the most part, it's all been positive.

City leaders step up efforts to reduce crime

Posted 3/24/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials are stepping up efforts to deter crime citywide in the wake of a shooting at Sim Scott Park on Friday that injured four people.

Turner back on supervisor ballot

Posted 3/24/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Marty Turner is back in the race for Lowndes County District 5 supervisor.

Traveling veterans memorial on display at MSU

Posted 3/24/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In the Colvard Student Union at Mississippi State University, passers-by can see a series of nine paintings set up showing the portraits of 26 men.

LINK abandons proposed area for Innovation District

Posted 3/24/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is no longer considering a 326-acre Starkville site for a $10 million industrial park after studies indicated an additional $2 million and 18 months of work would be needed to make the area shovel-ready for investments.


Bryant signs bill banning texting while driving

Posted 3/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving.



College Board stands behind move to fire Ole Miss chancellor

Posted 3/24/2015 in State

Members of Mississippi's College Board met Monday and said they aren't backing down from a decision to seek a new chancellor for the University of Mississippi, despite rising criticism of the move.



FBI continues investigation into Miss. hanging

Posted 3/24/2015 in State

The FBI is consulting with its behavioral analysis unit as it continues investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi.



Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed today in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said.



Carter: Troop data in online kill list was not stolen

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.



CDC: Uninsured drop by 11M since passage of ACA

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

LONDON -- When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

MSU hires Howland, former UCLA basketball coach

Posted 3/23/2015 in Area

Mississippi State has found a new leader for its men's basketball program.

Starkville murder suspect, victim 'knew each other'

Posted 3/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two deadly shootings occurring less than 24 hours apart bookended a multi-state manhunt Saturday. Few details have emerged since an Oktibbeha County homicide led to the death of the primary suspect and the arrest of an alleged accomplice, but Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney said both the alleged shooter and victim knew each other.

'No Excuse' gets going in Columbus

Posted 3/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus resident Elizabeth Tolivar has started a "No Excuse Mom" workout group for stay-at-home moms and other people who want to wedge fitness into busy lifestyles.

Noon Tunes in Columbus kicks off Thursday

Posted 3/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus will host its eighth year of Noon Tunes at the courtyard of the Trotter Convention Center beginning Thursday.


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