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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.


Texan gets 5 years for crystal meth possession in Miss.

Posted 9/17/2014 in State

A 26-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for travelling with seven pounds of crystal meth hidden in the drive shaft of her vehicle.



More of world's children live to age 5, work still to be done

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.



Congress scrutinizes Obama's Islamic State military strategy

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.


Supes pass budget, give employee raises

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will pay the same in ad valorem taxes next year that they pay now, and county employees will receive a raise in October.

Sanderson Plumbing owes county, city $258K

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is filing to lift an automatic stay of payment to collect delinquent taxes from Sanderson Plumbing, which filed for bankruptcy last year.

Election set to fill Brown's vacated seat

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special election will be held Nov. 4 to fill the Mississippi Senate seat left vacant when Terry Brown died this month.

Columbus annexation taken under advisement

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Attorneys needed one day and two witnesses to make the case for annexing 3.5 miles of territory into the city of Columbus. There is no timetable on when Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns will make a ruling, but the city rested its case Monday after several hours of testimony.


Oktibbeha supes approve cost of living adjustment

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While their city counterparts are struggling to find money for pay raises and bailout struggling departments, Oktibbeha County supervisors approved an across-the-board, 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees Monday without increasing the county's operational tax levy.


Starkville aldermen preparing $60K Parks bailout

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a $60,000 loan to Starkville Parks Commission today so the group, which ran out of money for September's payroll and public retirement payments, can get above water before the end of the fiscal year.


Madison man linked to Starkville drug sales

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Authorities in Madison County say a 19-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of selling the drug LSD at Mississippi State University.


Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.


Winston coroner puts burglars in bull's-eye

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory said he wasn't trying to drum up business with a Facebook post Saturday, but he's fed up with a rash of burglaries around Louisville.



5 more districts join school funding lawsuit

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.



Ex-teacher indicted in Gulfport molestation case

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

A former south Mississippi teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the alleged molestation of students over a period of four decades.



Man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.


GM expert: 19 deaths eligible for compensation

Posted 9/16/2014 in Business

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company.


Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.


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