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Did McDaniel win by losing Senate race?

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

It's been nearly three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, and he still hasn't conceded. Now, it's worth considering whether McDaniel, a state senator tea party favorite from Jones County, is pursuing a long-term political strategy of winning by losing.

 

Miss. man held in La. after Amber Alert

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

Louisiana authorities say a 17-year-old male from south Mississippi has been arrested in northwest Louisiana and faces kidnapping charges in Mississippi.

 

 

Blair says airstrikes not enough to beat militants

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says airstrikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State group militants.

 

 

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing ISIS

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

 

 

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

 

'Maze Runner' surpasses 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The young-adult adaptation "The Maze Runner" raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

 

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama. He turned them down.

 

 

Columbus ends fiscal year with strong sales tax finish

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus ended its sales tax collection year on a strong note. The city reported that it received a check from t`he Mississippi Department of Revenue this month for $701,283.48, which is a $15,906.70 improvement from September 2013.

 

Judge approves Columbus annexation

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official: Columbus is getting bigger. A judge on Friday approved the city's annexation plan, which will bring 1,462 more residents, three square miles and five more miles of road into Columbus, according to Tim Youngblood of Bridge and Watson, the firm that assisted the city with the annexation.

Mayor vetoes insurance change, challenge coming

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman vetoed aldermen's recent action to limit expanded health insurance coverage to legally married couples, and the four aldermen who pushed for the change are expected to call for an override during Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. recess meeting at City Hall.

Opening a dialogue about poverty

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bobby Weatherly paced in front of a projector in the Starkville Sportsplex gymnasium Tuesday. He had on brown shoes, tan khakis and a brown shirt that read, "Starkville Bridges." There were about 20 people in the gym. Weatherly was leading a discussion about how to reduce the presence of predatory lenders.

Group completes charter application

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus group hoping to open a local charter school in the city has submitted a complete application to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

 

Mississippi adopts tests with emergency contract

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract Thursday that means Mississippi's public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards.

 

 

Group urges farmers market to accept EBT

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

Members of the Mayor's Health Council hope to work out a plan under which the Vicksburg farmers market can accept electronic benefits transactions as part of a plan to improve the health of Vicksburg residents.

 

 

McDaniel: Old case shows appeal not filed too late

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn.

 

 

Agents nab intruder who darted into White House

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

An intruder made it through the front door of the White House after scaling the mansion's fence before Secret Service agents apprehended him. The first family was not in the residence.

 

 

Florida town knew shooter had troubled past

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family's troubled and tragic past.

 

 

Police taking precautions in ambush suspect search

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Authorities wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles fanned out Saturday in the neighborhood around the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, exercising extreme caution as they combed a heavily wooded area for a suspect described as a self-taught survivalist.

 

 

Potential push for Obama to expand military effort

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

 

 

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