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Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls

Posted 2/4/2015 in National

For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks.


US to destroy its largest remaining chemical weapons cache

Posted 2/4/2015 in National

The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.


Lowndes Co. supervisors expect more roads to be paved in 2015

Posted 2/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Board of Trustees of Lowndes County Reserve & Trust Fund have good news to report.


Fifth applicant seeks CMSD post

Posted 2/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fifth applicant is seeking appointment to the Columbus Municipal School District's board.

KiOR fails to pay taxes by deadline

Posted 2/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday was the day property taxes came due. Those who failed to meet that deadline face a 1 percent per month penalty.

MSU baseball coach talks community involvement

John Cohen is used to addressing a younger crowd.


Petition effort kills OCSD bond attempt for now

Calls for a major school construction referendum are now moot after Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley rescinded a $13.2 million bond intent notice Monday.


Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil 'forecasts' 6 more weeks of winter

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog bites Wisconsin mayor's ear during ceremony

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

A mayor in Wisconsin has learned a valuable lesson about his city's weather-predicting critter: Don't get too close.


Reeves joins those seeking school spending bump

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

As the 2015 elections approach, Republican leaders in the Mississippi Legislature appear to be reaching a consensus to spend more on K-12 education in next year's budget.



Mississippi's prison population dropping

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

Mississippi's prison population, which has consistently ranked second in the nation per capita, has seen a decrease of almost 3,000 inmates in the last year.



Industry groups join Google's attack against Hood

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

Computer industry groups are joining Google's effort to block an investigation by Mississippi's attorney general.



The cost of leaving Islamic State: Death or jail

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

The man stands furtively on a street corner, his face masked by a hoodie, his tense eyes scanning the crowd for any hint of Islamic State militants.



Slain hostage's 4-year-old tweet embraced on social media

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

Kenji Goto's words, now more than four years old, have taken on a new poignancy.



Snow delays vote on veterans' suicide bill

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

An expected vote on a Senate bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans was delayed Monday by a winter storm that walloped the Midwest and Northeast.



Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund.


Cuba publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in 5 months

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university student.

New Hope rallies behind a lady that believed in them

Posted 2/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ame Robertson played softball under former New Hope High School coach Cary Shepherd for six years. She remembers that when she was a freshman, her old coach once called her into a meeting, and Robertson expected the worst.

Lowndes Co. homeless population down in survey

Posted 2/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A statewide tally of homeless Mississippians conducted last week shows that Lowndes County numbers are down.


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