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GOP dilemma: Draw new voters without irking base

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that's easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base?



Tax overhaul: IRS scandal could lead to changes

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups has little if anything to do with most everyday taxpayers, but some lawmakers are hoping attention to the budding scandal will swell public and political support for rewriting and simplifying a federal tax code that has undergone some 5,000 changes in the past dozen years.



Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. A gunshot then went off inside, fatally striking a 7-year-old girl in the head while she slept on a couch.



Rep. Bachmann says she won't run for re-election

Posted 5/29/2013 in National



Germany's top tabloid to introduce paywall

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

Europe's top-selling newspaper said Monday it will introduce a paywall for part of its online offerings starting next month.



McCain makes surprise trip to visit Syrian rebels

Posted 5/28/2013 in National


As heat rises, so does demand for watermelons

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the temperature cranks up with the arrival of summer, people search for a cool refreshing treat to be the centerpiece of their back yard barbecues and family get-togethers. For many, they look no further than the watermelon.


Community coordinator's exit won't interrupt programs

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials say community service programs will continue as normal this summer despite the retirement of coordinator and 29-year employee Sylvester Harris.


McConnell can't resist the call of the kids

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Dr. Germain McConnell was enjoying life with his family in Oxford, his ambition focused on a deanship at the University of Mississippi, where he had served as assistant dean since 2003.


Census outlines state's school spending

Posted 5/28/2013 in State

At least once a year, Mississippi lawmakers have the same basic argument about education funding. One side says: You can't fix public schools by throwing money at them. The other side retorts: How would anyone know? The state has never tried it.


Time an issue with Ward 4 primary challenge

Posted 5/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The clock is ticking on Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's request for a new election. Gaskin's attorney, Matthew Wilson, formally challenged the May 7 Democratic Primary Friday, but the Starkville Democratic Municipal Election Committee had yet to take action on the request by Monday. As of today, seven days remain until the June 4 general election.

Chaney fears some won't get insurance

Posted 5/28/2013 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he fears some people won't be able to get health insurance when enrollment under the federal law opens in October.


Sales of camp sites throw Girl Scouts into turmoil

Posted 5/28/2013 in National



Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

Posted 5/28/2013 in National



UK police arrest 10th suspect in soldier's slaying

Posted 5/28/2013 in National

British police arrested a 10th suspect Monday in connection with the vicious street killing of a soldier in London, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.


WWII Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

Posted 5/28/2013 in National

Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved.

New committee to explore development on the Island

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island's future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options for the once-popular property.

Mastectomy: Radical or sensible?

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When actress Angelina Jolie recently revealed she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, it was a very personal decision that sparked a very public debate.


MUW celebrates nursing milestone

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has much to celebrate this month, from its 40th anniversary to learning this week that it is now the largest nursing program in the state.



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