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Thankless, but essential

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some do it for the thrill. Others do it because they feel it is a lifelong calling. Some do it because they simply need a job out of law school. But ask any attorney who serves as a public defender and you will hear that it is, most often, a thankless job.

MERIT program survives as elective course

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The highly contentious gifted program within the Lowndes County School District was saved Friday, thanks in part to the outcry from students' parents. A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Lowndes County School Board meeting Friday morning, anxiously waiting to hear the school board's decision on whether or not to cut the gifted program, commonly referred to as MERIT, for seventh and eighth-graders within the district.


Bryant gets bill permanently allowing payday loans

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may never have to debate payday loan interest rates again.



Bluecutt wreck kills Ethelsville man

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ethelsville, Ala. man died early Saturday in a motorcycle accident on Bluecutt Road.



Senate approves bill barring higher local pay

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Cities and counties will be barred from raising minimum wages in their localities, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves.



Southaven's Mayor Davis files for re-election

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

A north Mississippi mayor, who's facing a myriad of legal problems and announced he would not seek a fifth term, did an about-face Friday and filed for re-election as an Independent.


Arrest report 3-10-13

Posted 3/9/2013 in Area

Sistine chimney installed as conclave nears

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

The Vatican sought Saturday to quash speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the new pope, while preparations for the vote plowed ahead with firefighters installing the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached.


Colo shooting suspect was hospitalized, restrained

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in November because he was considered a danger to himself, and he was frequently held in restraints while hospitalized, according to a court document released Friday.



Hagel: Optimistic on reaching commando agreement

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he believes U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave.


Hot chicks: At 60, Peeps more popular than ever

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with -- what else? -- Peeps.


Tenn. police chief's polygraph targets racist applicants

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force.



Arkansas GOP eyes Planned Parenthood funds next

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.



Facebook spruces up your News Feed

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

Facebook has redesigned the main attraction of its social network to address complaints that its website has turned into a jumble of monotonous musings and random photos.


SSD board encouraged by changes in consolidation bill

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees appointed its officers and discussed changes to the amended school consolidation bill at their Thursday night meeting.


MSU student accuses deputies of brutality

A lawsuit filed with the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court alleges police brutality by two sheriff's deputies against a Mississippi State University student.



Senator ends long floor speech blocking CIA pick

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

A tea party senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director.



House revives push to raise speed limit to 75

Posted 3/8/2013 in State

The Mississippi House has a need for speed. House members amended an unrelated Senate bill Thursday to allow the state Transportation Commission to raise the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph.



Plan could allow state takeover of F-rated schools

Posted 3/8/2013 in State


Columbus nurse arrested on drug charge

Posted 3/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle was charged with possession of a controlled substance after two vials of morphine were found in her possession after she was arrested in connection with a separate incident.


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