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Supreme Court justice suspends execution

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order late Tuesday suspending the planned execution of a Missouri inmate with a little more than an hour to spare before the inmate's scheduled lethal injection.


2 bomb blasts in Nigeria kill at least 118

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris.

First lady Obama: Arts education good for good schools

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

House bill would speed VA firings as outcry grows

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki would be granted more authority to fire or demote senior executives under a bill headed to the House floor. The measure comes as pressure builds on Capitol Hill to overhaul the beleaguered agency in response to allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths.


House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.


Council tables $5 million infrastructure bond issue

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Action on a $5 million bond issue for capital improvements was tabled during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.

Carpenter: Overlapping events helped Pilgrimage

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several overlapping events during this year's Pilgrimage season helped increase ticket sales and hotel stays over the 16-day period, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said.

Columbus woman charged with arson

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cicely Alyse Hopkins, 26, of 114 Poplar Street, was arrested Monday by officers with the Columbus Police Department and charged with felony arson.

Columbus man pleads guilty to sexual battery

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to sexual battery.

CMSD superintendent search officially begins

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost a year since its last superintendent was ousted, the Columbus Municipal School District has officially opened the search for its next permanent leader.

Golden Triangle city sales tax numbers up for March

Posted 5/20/2014 in Area

All three Golden Triangle cities saw significant sales tax revenue increases in March.


New EMCC union ground-breaking set for June 6

Posted 5/20/2014 in Area

East Mississippi Community College officials will break ground on a new Mayhew campus student union June 6, a facility that will provide additional classrooms and serve as the school's anchor for student services as it hopes to provide on-campus living spaces in 2018.



Cochran children shocked mom's photo posted

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's adult children said Monday they were shocked someone apparently tried to use their mother's debilitating dementia for political purposes as their father seeks re-election in Mississippi.


Everything must go: Silverdome's assets for sale

Posted 5/20/2014 in National

The Pontiac Silverdome was the place Elvis, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones played. And Pope John Paul II prayed. It's where Barry Sanders and Isiah Thomas became Detroit sports legends.

BMH-GT ambulance service receives award

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ambulance service at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle received an award for outstanding service, the hospital announced Monday.


Mississippi approves $8.4M for Common Core tests

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Education has approved spending $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards.



Pardoned ex-prisoner pleads guild to manslaughter

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

One of the ex-prisoners who received a pardon from then-Gov. Haley Barbour has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after he killed another man in an exchange of gunfire.



25 years for man in poisoned letters case

Posted 5/20/2014 in State

A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.



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