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Brooks no longer leading Juneteenth, will still be involved

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks started the Afro-American Culture Organization, which has coordinated Columbus' annual Juneteenth festival, 32 years ago and had been its president since then. He announced Monday the dissolution of the group and the formation of another -- Juneteenth-Columbus, Inc.

Man facing robbery charge after hitchhiker incident

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for strong-armed robbery after he allegedly robbed a female hitchhiker.

Weather a factor in utility bill delivery delays

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this month, some Columbus Light and Water customers, primarily in East Columbus, didn't receive their February bill in time to pay it in time. Some customers received two bills.

Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military.

 

Man sentenced for defrauding DIRECTV

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

 

 

Motions to set 2 execution dates filed

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

The attorney general's office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.

 

 

Miss. Board of Education OKs Common Core courses

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

Mississippi's Board of Education approved new Common Core-aligned English and math courses Friday, but not before some board members objected, saying they believe teachers and students need another year to prepare.

 

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Website for Bitcoin virtual currency exchange offline

Posted 2/25/2014 in Business

The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.

 

U.S. prosecutors jockeying to try 'El Chapo'

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.

 

Graceland exhibit gives glimpse into young Elvis Presley

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer's priorities and his optimism, as he begins what will become a career as a rock 'n' roll icon and cultural phenomenon.

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

Group plans to use donation toward 'Field of Dreams'

Posted 2/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Soccer Complex, which opened in 2012, has been a benefit for people young and old in Columbus and Lowndes County, but there's a select group of people that deserves its own 'Field of Dreams.'

Community Outreach seeks public support to help poor

Posted 2/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A disabled woman sat in the dark of her Southside home last week. Cold, alone and with only threadbare clothing to protect her from the cold, she had nowhere to turn. Her lights, water and gas had been turned off when she unable to pay the bill. With no family to aid her she made a desperate phone call. And luckily for that woman, Glenda Buckhalter was on the other end of the line.

GOP intent on highlighting health care woes

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

 

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