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Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility today for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad -- though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.



Boston Marathon bomber shows emotion for 1st time at trial

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

For the first time since his trial began four months ago, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and showed emotion as his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably and had to leave the witness stand.



Jurors see video of theater shooter asking if kids were hurt

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video recording of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"



State community college fight attracts little attention

Posted 5/4/2015 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's Community College Board should be thankful that the state's College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones.


Columbus street paving progressing

Posted 5/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider the first project in an expected expansion to Phase 1 of the city's street improvement program during its regular meeting Tuesday.


$3M SPD financing package up for discussion

Shortly after approving a $2.7 million-maximum bond package last month for street, drainage and other infrastructure projects, Starkville aldermen could begin a process Tuesday of authorizing up to $3 million for improvements to Starkville Police Department's headquarters.


Slimantics: Market Street's hidden gems

Posted 5/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 20th Market Street Festival wrapped up early Saturday evening after being blessed with what is often called "Chamber of Commerce" weather.

A closer look at the Lowndes Co. bond issue

Posted 5/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will go to the polls May 12 to vote on a proposed bond issue for the Lowndes County School District worth $44 million.

Golden Triangle law enforcement agencies release crime numbers

Posted 5/3/2015 in Area

Rural Lowndes County has seen a steady downtick of violent crime and property crime in recent year, according to Sheriff Mike Arledge.


At Market Street, a voter registration booth

Posted 5/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

David Owen, a Columbus attorney, had a surprise for Market Street Festival attendees downtown Saturday. He helped them register to vote.


First Baptist Church dedicates new children's building

First Baptist Church of Starkville will hold the dedication of its new children's building on Lafayette Street today.

Eagle on Miss. Capitol undergoes restoration

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The eagle atop the Mississippi Capitol has a new golden glow.


Troopers: Inattentive driver caused fatal bus wreck

Posted 5/3/2015 in Area

State troopers say an inattentive driver caused a crash that killed a west Alabama school bus driver.



MUW to offer degrees in health care management

Posted 5/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the demand for skilled and educated employees in the health field increasing, Mississippi University for Women will begin offering health care management education opportunities in the fall.


Sheriffs question inmate shift from county programs to state

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

Mississippi sheriffs say they are dismayed and puzzled by Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher's decision to abolish a program that sends inmates to 30 county jails.


Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn't ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme.


Community unites for Nepal at MUW candlelight vigil

Posted 5/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About 100 candles lit up the area around the Bryan Green Gazebo on Mississippi University for Women's campus Thursday night as students, faculty and Columbus community members held a candlelight vigil to honor the country of Nepal.


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