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Health law birth control coverage before justices

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.


'Significant' oil spill closes Texas channel

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

No 'signs of life' after huge landslide

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state.


Mississippi legislative voting often confusing

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each year. While most votes are straightforward, House and Senate operating rules can make it difficult for spectators -- or even new lawmakers -- to understand what's happening when legislation passes or fails.



Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled. Matthew Velez struggled to speak, "Luh, luh, uh, gronk," and the kids erupted in laughter.


Gibbs case intersects divisive, difficult issues

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rennie Gibbs's daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, never taking a breath. To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant's most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

Firm receives accolade for soccer complex design

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local engineering firm Neel-Schaffer has received the American Council of Engineering Companies' top honor for its role in designing the Columbus Soccer Complex.

KiOR stares down default on MDA loan

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If KiOR does not finalize the details of a $25 million commitment from a California investor within the next nine days the company expects to default on a $75 million loan it received from the state of Mississippi.

Miley: 'They knew he had weapons'

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local law enforcement went to check on a New Hope man whose family was concerned about his welfare Tuesday, they had no idea that what started as a routine call would turn into one of the bloodiest days for law enforcement in recent history.

Answers sought in New Hope shooting case

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of shooting two Lowndes County deputies and injuring a third is sitting alone in a Monroe County jail cell. Kenneth "Kent" Coscia, 30, has been in solitary confinement since he allegedly opened fire on Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies Tuesday, according to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.


Zacharias Road bill heading to conference committee

Posted 3/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A joint House-Senate conference committee is expected to form and negotiate a final version of HB 615, a bill that would rename a portion of Miss. Highway 25 after former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias.



Hefty fees for some drugs under ACA

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.


Gun used against Pope to be exhibited

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

The gun used by a would-be assassin to shoot Pope John Paul II will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God's protection of him, according to priests in charge of the museum.


Jet search area: Distant, dangerous, dazzling

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

The scientists and support staff stationed on Amsterdam Island find professional value in being about as far away from the hubbub of humanity as it's possible to get. But this week, some of them wandered down to the southern Indian Ocean shoreline to look for the floating objects that could help explain the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


Trial in child porn case rescheduled

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has rescheduled the trial date of a Columbus man indicted on child pornography charges.

Ex-football coach Bowling wins review of sentence

Posted 3/22/2014 in Area

A federal judge will hear arguments from a former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach on a motion to set aside or reconsider his sentence to multiple guilty pleas that he transported boys across state lines for sex.

Competitor fights Miss. Silicon permit

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

A competitor's effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court.


Federal school report highlights Miss. disparities

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country.



Clinton appeals to idealism of students

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

Looking out to a theater full of motivated college students, Hillary Rodham Clinton said their generation showed great promise as "open-minded and tolerant" Americans ready to step forward for an important cause.


Deputy injured in Tuesday's shooting recovering

Posted 3/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy who was shot earlier this week is expected to be released from the hospital today.


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