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$338M lottery winner feels 'pure joy' uncertainty

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

A New Jersey man feels "pure joy" at winning a $338 million Powerball jackpot but has no idea what he will do with the money -- except buy a car, to replace his feet as his primary mode of transportation, he said.


Obama gives Secret Service its first female director

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Tuesday named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal.


Petraeus: Sorry for affair that led to resignation

Posted 3/27/2013 in National



Police reports in Tucson shooting rampage released

Posted 3/27/2013 in National


Knox saga still not over for Italian courts

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

It's not over yet for Amanda Knox.


Earthquake shakes Mexico City

Posted 3/27/2013 in National


Teen shooter held on $500K bond

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arthur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., appeared before Justice Court Judge Peggy Phillips Monday afternoon for arraignment on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. Whitfield was arrested last Friday afternoon after authorities believe he shot postal worker Douglas Edward Aldridge during a robbery.

No funding, no Juneteenth

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors needed just 10 minutes to discuss and vote down a proposal to fund this year's Juneteenth Festival as a quality of life event in a special meeting Monday afternoon.

City expands summer jobs program

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is once again partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to offer area youth summer jobs in a paid, 10-week program aimed at putting cash in their pockets while instilling work ethics and beautifying the city.

Columbus Air Force Base will bring back July 4th fireworks

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials are planning a Fourth of July fireworks show after a four-year hiatus. Col. Jim Sears, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, made the announcement amid a spate of fanfare Monday at the overlook on the east bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus.


USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding.


Spring means yard work for hummingbird watchers

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make the nectar and hang the feeders.


Miss. Democrats call for better education funding

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

Mississippi Democrats on Monday renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget.


Ex-lawmaker: Upshaw had struggled with depression

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A Mississippi legislator who authorities say apparently committed suicide had struggled for years with depression but gave no indication in recent days that she was contemplating taking her own life, according to a former lawmaker who was with the woman the day she died.

Execution date requested for Willie Jerome Manning

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

The man on death row for the 1992 murder of Natchez native Jon Steckler and another Mississippi State student will soon face execution.

Meth lab busted in New Hope

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope woman has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.


Charter school proponent Bomgar named to state education board

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Monday he's appointing Joel Bomgar to the board, pending Senate confirmation.



Heart breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.



Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics?

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines that can top 90 percent.


School consolidation committee taking shape

Posted 3/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three Mississippi House Education Committee members - Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, Gary Chism, R-Columbus, and John L. Moore, R-Brandon - will serve on a conference committee charged with reaching a consensus on a potential Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation bill.


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