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Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.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



Hagel orders urgent push for ethics crackdown

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses.


Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

Putin, recalling Boston bombers, wants Sochi safe

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

President Vladimir Putin pointed Wednesday to the Boston Marathon bombings as a big reason for the intense security around the Winter Olympics that Russia is kicking off this week.

Hardin appointed Starkville's next city clerk

Starkville aldermen on Tuesday unanimously promoted Deputy City Clerk Lesa Hardin to the department's lead position.

Columbus biofuel plant to resume operations in spring

Posted 2/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR's biofuels plant in Columbus will likely be up and running again in April, according to CEO Fred Cannon. The Texas-based alternative fuel company's 500-ton per day facility on The Island has been shut down since the beginning of January for maintenance, Cannon said.

Downtown businesses open late on first Thursdays

Posted 2/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starting this month downtown Columbus businesses are staying open until 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Council fires clerk arrested for ID theft

Posted 2/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen on Tuesday terminated the employment of office support clerk Katrina Porter, one week after she and her husband were arrested and charged with one count each of fraudulent use of an ID.

LINK modifies plans for regional development

Posted 2/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A steering committee for the tri-county economic development engine established in 2012 as the Golden Triangle Development LINK has recommended making that entity permanent.


New staff will be dedicated to chamber

Posted 2/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce will be up and running on its own by October. The announcement came Tuesday during a Golden Triangle Development LINK press conference.


Nichols is new Starkville police chief

Aldermen appointed Frank Nichols, a 22-year veteran of Starkville Police Department, as the city's police chief with a 6-1 vote Tuesday. Nichols takes over immediately, replacing Interim Chief John Outlaw, who is expected to re-enter retirement.

New legislation strikes language appointing Holloway

State lawmakers removed all language specifically appointing Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway as the county school district's conservator on July 1 with new legislation this week.


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