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Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigs

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday.



Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies.



Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill today to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants.



Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Jordan said today it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.



Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.



Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.



Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds -- flown by an off-duty intelligence employee -- shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely.



After dove debacle, Vatican makes balloons new peace symbol

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Dove lovers, rejoice.


2 events get partial funding from CVB

Posted 1/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The main order of business at Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau board meeting was releasing grant money to a handful of events that rely on CVB funding.

Romney's MSU visit at full capacity

Posted 1/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, will speak at Mississippi State University on Wednesday and all tickets to the events have been claimed.

New E911 director hired

Posted 1/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes E911 board of commissioners has hired Shalonda Givens as the department's new director.


Public invited to CAFB, community land use meeting

Posted 1/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Proposed implementations stemming from a joint land use study will be presented to the public Thursday.


Banks faces first challenge since 2007

Posted 1/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Chancery Clerk Monica Banks will face her first election test since 2007.

Arrest report: 1-27-15

Posted 1/27/2015 in Area

Maben man charged with statutory rape

Posted 1/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department arrested and charged a 24-year-old Maben man with statutory rape Saturday.

Supes approve refinancing of $7 million bonds

Posted 1/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It only took a minute for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to sign off on a measure it believes may ultimately save the county $200,000 in bond payments.

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation.


Japan: Hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home.


Tenn-Tom museum set to open next month

Posted 1/26/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Next month marks the opening of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Transportation Museum in Columbus.


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